The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Hello there! I’m back today with a film review. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has been on my “want-to-see” list for a while because, well, for one thing it has Brad Pitt in it.

OK, that’s not the only reason. How shallow do you think I am? It also has a fairly interesting-sounding premise in a magic-realism, Time Traveler’s Wife kind of way. The premise is this: Benjamin Button is born an old man and grows younger.The film follows his various adventures, including the ubiquitous Epic Love Story.

Highlights include:

  • The Warner Bros. logo at the beginning is made up of buttons. Cute.
  • All the Americans shouting “We won the war!” at the end of the First World War. Well, actually, I think the Allies in Europe won the war. As I remember, America didn’t even join in until it was nearly over.
  • The factory called “Button’s Buttons”. Hee hee.
  • Oh, and the way Benjamin’s real father, who abandoned him when he was born, can recognise him seven years later without being told who he was. Yes, that sounds plausible.

On the whole, it’s a good story and, in parts, heart-wrenchingly sad. I did feel it dragged on a little though – I definitely knew I’d been watching it for three hours (with adverts), which is rarely the case with a truly great film. But, overall, it was good. Sad, yes, but uplifting in a melancholy way. If that makes sense. If you liked The Time Traveler’s Wife (book or film) you’ll probably like this.

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