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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (The Criterion Collection)

Brad Pitt , Cate Blanchett    Unrated   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "This is the picture of Old Man Kangaroo..." March 10 2009
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
At the close of WWI, a baby is born with a decrepit, aged body. His horrified father abandons him and little Benjamin grows up - and grows younger - in the boarding house of his loving foster mother. Over the next 85 years, he experiences life and love and grief, all while continuing to grow younger.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benjamin, some thoughts Aug. 13 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
excellent service, I got it as a replacement. Reverse aging idea is unique and well done. Watch it and enjoy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good Aug. 13 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
good movie worth a watch but i replaced it cause my dog ate it, it was a borrowed movie. lol
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Reasonable Facsimile Nov. 14 2009
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
While this movie, for the purists in our midst, probably doesn't do justice to the original story - they rarely do - it does succeed in making the point that drove Fitzgerald to write the story in the first place. As a fantasy, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" speaks to the terrible insecurity he felt in his life being trapped in a loveless, sottish marriage to the mentally-deranged Zelda. This movie captures that elusive essence of believing that somewhere out there in fantasyland there is a chance that circumstances will conspire to give you another chance of getting it right. Like "Forest Gump" before it, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is one such fairy tale that lends itself well to a Hollywood script where certain liberties can be taken in modernizing the story. With a little cinematic magic, a lot that is seemingly cruel and wrong in this old world gets put right in a way that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. The storyline is creative, the characters interact well, and there are some good one-liners. I was also taken with the notion that this production subtly promotes the notion that callow, immature men often seek the embrace of older women who remind them of their mothers. Overall, a pleasure to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
When I first heard about this movie it seemed interesting. Being old and being a baby are so similar in so many ways that I never really noticed until I saw this movie. The acting was amazing, Brad Pitts performance of his career (next to Job Blakc). Cate Blanchett did another amazing acting job (see her in the Elizabeth movies and you will love her!) The story line and the histroy the can be seen unfolded in the movie was great too. And this one part where they show how every little thing is connected in some way was amazing! One of the number of best moments of the film. Yes it seemed a bit long and dragged a little but over all its one of my new favorites. A great message in it about love, living and even when faced with age and even youth you can make dreams happen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A landmark in makeup effects June 7 2009
Format:DVD
This film follows the sensational and improbable case of Benjamin Button, a freak baby who is born aged and gets younger with time. We follow Benjamin as he struggles to understand who he is and what's his place in this world.

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.
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