The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) is born suffering from a backwards ageing condition, and it affects his life in bizarre ways.

I first saw this film when it was first released and found it to be an incredibly moving piece of cinema. I was surprised that I hadn’t yet reviewed this film (at least, not on this blog.) and will now do so.

The cinematography is gorgeous, and the setting is lush and detailed. The frames are so alive with life, and I fell in love with the film all over again when I watched it. Brad Pitt as the eponymous Benjamin was quite good, and while I do not avidly watch his films he was certainly quite good here. Cate Blanchett was also stunning as his recurring love interest, Daisy. This film also has a Desplat score. What’s not to love?

The ageing of the characters are believable and the story takes its time to unfold. Given the melodrama-esque nature of the movie, of course the film isn’t perfect but its pretty damn close. The emotion of the film does not have the same effect after repeated viewings but ultimately the inner meanings of the film still resonate whether it is your first or 100th time viewing the film. And what meanings are these? It seems the story leaves it up to the viewer to decide for themselves.

MY RATING: ***.5 / *****

 

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