I have always been a lover of art set in centuries past and ‘The curious case of Benjamin Button’ is one such movie which has catch catch my interest. This movie, I must warn you, is not new as it was made in 2008. However, the intrigue provided by the movie has been unmatched (at least not by the numerous movies I have seen in my singular literature journey).
The curious case of Benjamin Button is an American fantasy drama closely based on the 1922 short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of the famous book, ‘The great Gatsby’.
Benjamin Button, according to the movie was birthed the night the great was (World War I) ended with the maladies associated with old age. This singular fact surrounding the day of his birth and not the condition of his body at birth was seen as a good omen although he has the appearance not fit for a monster.
‘Some creatures don’t deserve to survive’ were the words of the doctor who examined him upon adoption by his foster mother, Queenie (Taraji P. Henson)
Benjamin, played by Brad Pitt, has a rare condition of aging backward instead of forward. This oddity of aging in the movie particularly appeals to the watcher who have grappled with the question of immortality and its dangers.
The story itself kicks off with the story of a blind watchmaker who made a a clock that moves backward for a train station.
A curious movie covering the curious life of a man who, fictionally, lived from the 20th century to early 21st century, the movie ends with the dramatic death of Daisy, Benjamin’s love interest dying as a hurricane approaches and the backward clock been flooded at its storage.
The movie impeccable brilliance is even crowned by brilliant actors such as Brad Pitt acting as Benjamin Button, Cate Blanchett as Daisy, Taraji P. Henson as Queenie, Julia Ormond as Caroline Button etc.
Rotten tomatoes gave the movie an average rating of 7.11/10 based on 254 reviews. It weighted 70 if 100 on metacritic based on 37 reviews and a B+ average score from Yahoo! movies based on 12 reviews. I will personally give the movie a 9/10 rating for an ingenious story so finely told although most of the humour in the original story by Fitzgerald had been removed.