The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an epic fantasy tale with rich storytelling backed by fantastic performances.

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Born under unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) springs into being as an elderly man in a New Orleans nursing home and ages in reverse. Twelve years after his birth, he meets Daisy, a child who flickers in and out of his life as she grows up to be a dancer (Cate Blanchett). Though he has all sorts of unusual adventures over the course of his life, it is his relationship with Daisy, and the hope that they will come together at the right time, that drives Benjamin forward.

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Brad Pitt
Benjamin Button
Jason Flemyng
Thomas Button
Jared Harris
Captain Mike
Elias Koteas
Monsieur Devereaux
Phyllis Somerville
Grandma Fuller
Tilda Swinton
Elizabeth Abbott
Eric Roth
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Ceán Chaffin
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Alexandre Desplat
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Jacqueline West
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Angus Wall
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Kirk Baxter
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Donald Graham Burt
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Critic Reviews for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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  • A sumptuous and stirring romantic drama.

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    November 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

    David Fear

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  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an anodyne Hollywood film that offers a safe and sanitised view of life and death. It's Forrest Gump goes backwards.

    February 12, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Fincher treats Roth's script with a visual bravura and narrative gusto far beyond the usual capacities of the Hollywood mainstream. Benjamin Button is a poetic, virtuoso feat, as eloquent and rapturous as CGI-era cinema gets.

    February 10, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Remove "curious" from the title and replace it with "twee and pointless", and you're close to it. What a incredible shaggy-puppy of a movie, a cobweb-construction patched together with CGI, prosthetics, gibberish and warm tears.

    February 6, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The anti-Slumdog Millionaire: a film that's stately, tasteful and genteelly melancholic rather than fevered, rollicking and euphoric. It's a film about time that seems almost out of time.

    February 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 30, 2014
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a sentimental reflection on the ephemeral nature of love and of life.
    Eddie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2014
    a good story, an extra half a star 'cause thought it wouldn't work but it did. different to Finchers usual stuff!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2013
    David Fincher delivers his most sincere venture yet, with the almost three hour epic drama "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button". Centered on an infant born with the qualities of an old man, complete with cataracts and arthritis, abandoned by his father, and taken in by a black woman named Queenie (Taraji P. Henson), the story of the film follows as the boy ages backwards, becoming physically younger every day, but inhabiting the mind of the age to which a normal human would. Brad Pitt plays Benjamin Button for a better part of the film, mostly through CGI, yet still commands this role with a sincerity and integrity that is admirable. Cate Blanchett plays the love interest, Daisy, to whom Benjamin falls in love with at a very young age, as the narrative follows the two of them through their entire lives, eventually meeting at the middle of their lives when they look about the same age. The story is told through flashbacks as Daisy lays in a hospital bed, very aged and on her last legs of life, as her daughter reads to her from Benjamin's journal. This device is used more like chapter markers than anything as we venture through this sordid tale and adds very little besides a few telegraphed twists not are not delved into. The CGI is done as well as possible but still comes off less than authentic, showing the signs of the computer generated that should be more than covered up with how far technology has come. With some unnecessary jaunts in the story like being involved in the Pearl Harbor bombing aftermath and most of the fishermen story, this film could have been slightly shorter, but in having covered a characters entire life, that long run-time can slightly be forgiven. At no point does the film feel like a David Fincher film, remaining too upbeat and emotional than any of his previous work, creating this grand tale that truly brings to life the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2013
    A great piece of story telling. Very compelling acting along with breathtaking cinematography. It is one of those movies you just have to see.
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