The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

“A Touching Tale That Suspends Reality” 10/10

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the touching tale of Benjamin (Brad Pitt) who is afflicted with a mysterious condition that sees him age in reverse.  As he slowly comes to terms with his condition he is drawn into the life of his childhood friend Daisy (Cate Blanchett) and is forced to face the tough reality of his reversed life.

 

The first thing that struck me about this film was how much the style is like Forrest Gump (1994).  Told as a narrative from an old Daisy and from the perspective of Benjamin the film plods through each and every point of note in Benjamin’s life, broken by moments of narrative reflection from Daisy in the present day much like Forrest sat on the bench outside the bus stop.  Benjamin himself is a sweet and likeable character with a touch of naivety throughout the whole film, in fair contrast with Daisy who is wild and vivacious.  The second thing that struck me was the quality of the make-up used to alter Brad Pitt’s appearance throughout the film – it is only rarely a little too obvious.  This sounds like a fairly trivial point but I actually feel it is one of the key things that makes this film so heartwarming – there is a genuine element to Benjamin’s character that would fall apart if his appearance was obviously fake.  It’s nice to see such a humble performance from Brad Pitt, and a strong performance from Cate Blanchett, another key point in making this film so strong.

 

If you can suspend your ideas of reality for over two and a half hours then you can really get lost in this touching tale of life and death.  I was really swept into the whole film and its bittersweet story.  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is one that will stick in your mind and in your heart, thoroughly recommended.