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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Life isn't measured in minutes, but in moments.
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a beautiful picture book devoid of any conflict or character development.
Fitzgerald’s story is an odd beast. It is an exploration of mortality and the shortcomings of being human and how we deal with those. It uses an interesting narrative structure to tell its story, giving shape to a very interesting protagonist. These themes are often dealt with in literature and here, as is often the case, so much gets lost in the translation to film.
Fincher’s film certainly holds all his trademark qualities. It is impeccably shot, with great attention to detail and a confident approach to the material. The visual and make up effects are great and everything is doused in…
It's like Forrest Gump except not good.
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is a remarkable film and an epic piece of storytelling. Unfortunately because David Fincher's films over the last twenty years have been so well received both critically and commercially, this film often gets overlooked. Up against the likes of Se7en, The Social Network, Fight Club, and Zodiac, it may well be lesser Fincher, but it's still a terrific achievement.
F Scott Fitzgerald wrote the short story which this film is based upon. It took many years of legal wrangling before David Fincher managed to gain the rights to this film and he didn't do things by half when it came to making it. A huge budget, a stellar cast, and some of the most…
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald's story, follows a man who is born in his eighties and regresses in his life: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. The film tells the story of Benjamin and his unusual journey, people and places he discovers along his path, his loves, the joys of his life, the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.
People usually say The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is overlooked because it does not follow Fincherian style and because it's too long. Well, let me intervene, I don't think that The Social Network follows the style that Fincher usually presents to his audince, and it's probably…
I like David Fincher, I really really do, but even the combined forces of Zodiac, The Social Network and Se7en can't entirely make up for this laborious, unbelievably bloated and terrifyingly pretentious piece of self-indulgent twaddle. At 2 hours and 40 minutes it isn't enough to call it overlong as it's bordering on being a threat to your bodily health and if only I had suffered DVT to stop me from enduring this utter non-sense. Long running times usually don't particularly bother me, but when a film as empty and as full of itself as this comes along has the guts to force me to sit through its ghastly preaching with such excruciatingly woeful pacing I start to lose my…
Despite a bloated runtime and clashing sensibilities, Button manages to win you over due to its breathtaking cinematography, stunning special effects, and fine performances. As a pure technical achievement it is simply astonishing. The tear-jerking ending is extremely powerful as well. A flawed, but sobering rumination on life and that haunting specter known as death.
It's an interesting beast, no doubt. But the screenplay has some very glaring problems, mainly in its framing device.
Blanchett is marvelous in her chemistry with Pitt though, who is also very good here. The scene where she seduces him about an hour into the film is one of the best things Fincher's ever done. I just wish the script had served her better when she's in that hospital bed.
Probably the least accessible of Fincher's films for me, most of which I could watch more than once in one sitting. But it really is a lovely film. I hope he returns to period drama sometime.
Very underrated movie in my opinion.
Its actually starting to age a bit.....not in the Button way though! The CG looks a bit ropey already which was a real surprise to me. I remember being blown away with it the first time I saw it. The film is still good though and love some of the aspects of it.
I haven't read the original Fitzgerald short story that Eric Roth's screenplay is loosely based on, but judging from the Wikipedia synopsis, the source material feels a lot more 'David Fincher' than the adaptation: the tale of a privileged blue-blood with strained relationships, who eventually goes to Harvard when he is 'young' as an act of revenge against Yale, which rejected him when he was 'old'. One wonders if The Social Network, with its focus on a Mark Zuckerberg obsessed with exclusive Harvard social clubs, was an effort to get back to those themes.
But the problem with Fincher's Benjamin Button isn't that this loose adaptation is folksier and more sentimental. It's frankly pretty incredible to see what a broadly…
A baby is born in 1918 New Orleans with all the qualities of a shriveled old man and grows younger with each passing year, this is the story of Benjamin Button. Told in flashback as his soul mate lies on her deathbed, just as Hurricane Katrina is heading to town.
This is the curious case of David Fincher making a pretty ordinary film. It's sorta like Forrest Gump, just not as good. It's just so flat. There are no conflicts driving the story on and it's no surprise that this is my third attempt to watch it. The other two ended with me falling asleep within the first hour.
Quiet boring. Things seemed to happen very slowly, and as far as I'm concerned, with no real emotional impact. Just because the whole thing is narrated "Morgan Freeman" style by Brad Pitt will not make it a movie of substance. The themes and ideas may be lurking there somewhere in a barely defined way, but the clumsy execution of the story's inherent magic realism just didn't do it for me. Better than average make-up effects, though. Handsome production values.
Benjamin Button: Some people, were born to sit by a river. Some get struck by lightning. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people, dance.
First viewing after my reading of the Fitzgerald's original story.
Really difficult to appreciate it as much now...
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