The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (The Criterion Collection)
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I liked this movie and thought it was very well made. It's long and meanders slowly through Benjamin's life, which is really pretty much like anyone else's life except that he was born old and then gets younger - a stretch of the imagination, but the aging is so well done that I could accept it. The episodic nature of the film made it seem like one of those movie trailers that shows a peek at an exciting scene then fades to black, shows another bit of excitement and fades to black, and it went on like that for 160 minutes. Since Brad Pitt's make-up is so convincing at many stages of life, I really only felt like it was him in one or two short vignettes when he appeared as his actual age (and then he was so handsome!). He gives a very touching and understated performance.
Cate Blanchett plays the young girl who meets him when he's old; their paths cross often over the years and they both meet in the middle at one point. She's very good and also ages convincingly to her eighties. The movie is a bit like "Forrest Gump" in that it shows America changing during one naive and vulnerable man's life. The theme is love enduring over the years and the inevitable losses we all face; I sobbed several times. It's a very thoughtful and gentle movie. Highly recommended.
This film is a very moving and emotional portrait of life as an outsider and as someone who doesn't belong. Brad Pitt delivers perhaps his best performance ever. There's some great interaction scenes and emotional portraits of people who seem to suffer in their own way just as much as Pitt's character does. It's painfully long at 2hrs40mns but otherwise a fine film well worth a rental.
Might be good to watch if you need to get some shut-eye, but other than that, just a waste of time. Did not live up to the hype and the 3 Oscars, that's for sure.
Most recent customer reviews
Fincher and Pitt are great in together in Fight Club and Seven, this film feels a little flat though. If it was not Criterion, I'm not sure I would have picked it up.Published 1 month ago by r_duke
I have always loved this movie. Interesting and I see stuff I missed each time I watch it. A must for any Brad Pitt fan and I'm super happy it's now a part of my collection. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Erika
That's why I watched this film. I would never recommend this film to anyone, a man ages backwards... That's it! Extremely boring. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2013 by Kate
I almost think life should be like this. I have seen it twice and will watch it again. \great moviePublished on Oct. 28 2013 by Pamela Maitre