The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Tagline: I was born under unusual circumstances.

Synopsis: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Meat & Potatoes: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American fantasy-drama film directed by David Fincher with screenplay by Eric Roth  and Robin Swicord.  Of notable mention is Roth’s scripts for Forrest Gump (1994), the Robert Redford vehicle, The Horse Whisperer (1998),  The Insider (1999), Ali (2001) and back to back favorites of mine, Munich (2005) and the Goodshepard (2006).  Robin Swicord is no slouch with her screenplays for Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005 and The Jane Austen Book Club in 2007, which makes my list of character-driven, ensemble pics to watch.

The script for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is loosely based on the 1922 short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film stars Brad Pitt as a man who ages in reverse and Cate Blanchett as the love interest throughout his life. The film was released in the United States on December 25, 2008.  The Curious Case., received thirteen Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Pitt, and Best Supporting Actress for Taraji P. Henson. It won Oscars for Art Direction, Makeup, and Visual Effects.

Perhaps it deserves mention that I was not particularly moved by this film.  I felt too much attention was placed on the ‘gimmick’ of the film, the idea of aging backwards, and to my chagrin and annoyance this pushed the film beyond a practical run time – the other side of two hours and forty minutes!  Too long, terrible if not obvious plot devices, and if you’ve seen Forest Gump than all you’re getting here is Cate and Brad without the shrimp boats.  Perhaps I’m being too hard on this film but rent it if you must or watch the extended trailer and consider the two hours and 46 minutes you saved a gift from me to you.

Bits & Bites: More about the film at the official website ->here<-

Oliver Peters , who writes for Videography magazine and NewBay Media, L.L.C.,  explains in his blog that director David Fincher used familiar collaborators and a similar approach in the making of The Curious Case., as to Finchers 2007 film Zodiac .  He writes that the film included nearly the same editorial team, including editor Angus Wall.  On The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Wall was joined by Kirk Baxter, a commercial editor at Wall’s Los Angeles editorial company, Rock Paper Scissors. Benjamin Button was Baxter’s first full-length feature film.  Check out Oliver Peters own wordpress blog at http://digitalfilms.wordpress.com/2008/12/27/the-curious-case-of-benjamin-button/

The Closer: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button IS an epic film if for no other reason that its two-hour and forty-six minute run time.  The special FX are amazing and the transformation of Brad Pit a worthy mention in an otherwise clunky script that leaves me ultimately disappointed.  Watch it to watch it but move on to other more notable David Fincher films and any number of memorable performances by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

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About rorydean

Rory Dean is a multi-medium artist, writer and new media strategist with a background as a creative consultant and technology liaison in the San Francisco Bay Area. His broad experiences and specialties include print-to-web publicity, promotions and design marketing using traditional and social media networks. As a motion pictures and television professional, his short films, productions and commercials have screened to domestic and international audiences. His connections to a diverse client base include artists, entertainers, corporations, non-profits and everyday people.. Dean is co-owner and founder of Dissave Pictures, a boutique production company focusing on audio, video, photography and multi-media designs. Dean's personal and professional background includes dreaming and avid notebook journaling, creative and copy writing, promotions and marketing, audio/video production, photography, videography, editing, web design and new media. He’s also a fan of collaboration and knows when to turn the reigns over, offer feedback, lead the team and step aside. His portfolio includes print, online, film, video, photography, graphic design and promotions. He’ll show you. He has a book and everything. "When not juggling various online worlds, I do a pretty good mime – but that’s another story."
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