The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Review (8.5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" stars Brad Pitt as an interesting old man named Benjamin Button. The fasinating thing about Benjamin is the fact that he wasn't born an infant, as most people in this world are born. Benjamin Button was born a wrinkled up, frail old man. Sounds like he got the short end of the stick in life, but as the movie progresses and follows the life of Mr. Button, he grows from this delicate man into Brad Pitt. Not a bad deal if you ask me. The movie follows his life from his "childhood" years in New Orleans, through his employment as a ship hand, his affair with a diplomat's wife (played by Tilda Swinton) and his pursuit of the love of his life, Daisy (Cate Blanchett).

It seems every couple of years Brad Pitt comes out with these epic sort of movies and movies with really long titles, whether it be "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford", "Meet Joe Black", "Seven Years In Tibet" and probably a couple of others, and the one thing they all seem to have in common is that they really are not that good. Or at least the don't live up to the hype that surrounds a Brad Pitt movie. I always find that Pitt excels in a lot of the smaller roles he plays, whether it be Mickey in "Snatch", Floyd in "True Romance" or Rusty in "Ocean's Eleven". It's those long-ass movies that just haven't done it for me. It's not necessarily his performance, just the movie in general.

Well, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is one of those lengthy movies with an exceptionally long title that Brad Pitt does every few years. And it's one of the few long movies that I've been able to stay awake for in many years. I thoroughly enjoyed "Benjamin Button" from start to finish. It's just a delightful movie from beginning to end with a cast of likeable characters, moments that will make you laugh and moments that might make you sad. It just seems to have a bit of everything for everyone.

I have to say, for about half the movie when Benjamin is a little old man, I didn't even recognize Brad Pitt. I just didn't think it was him. I was wondering what all the hoopla about Pitt in this movie might have been when another actor seemed to be in almost half the movie. Well, it turns out it was Pitt. Funny what special effects and all that other technology can do nowadays. And like I said, not a bad deal for old Benjamin. When Benjamin finally does "become" Brad Pitt, I thought the two women sitting beside me in the theatre were going to have a moment. The girl beside me couldn't stop groaning and breathing heavy for twenty minutes.

In the end, I will say that "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a fabulous movie. It's quite the ride through the life of this alluring old man. I've heard comparisons to "Forrest Gump" and I will admit that "Benjamin Button" had a real "Forrest Gump" feel to it. "Forrest Gump" could arguably be considered one of the crowning glories of Tom Hanks' career. I really feel that "Benjamin Button" will have the same effect on Brad Pitt. Will it result in awards and accolades for the one-time sexiest man alive? (Not sure why I had to mention that?!) I'll leave that up to the Academy and the other evaluators to decide. But as far as I'm concerned "Benjamin Button" is certainly one of the better movies of the year and definitely a nice feather in the cap for Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, director David Fincher, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and all the other people involved in the making of this fine movie. Yep, apparently the baby near the end of the movie (not the Benjamin Button baby but the other baby who appears shortly before) is good old Shiloh. There's an interesting bit of trivia for you.


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