The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008, Fantasy Romance Movie) – 5/10 review

Director: David Fincher
Writer (Screenplay): Eric Roth
Writer (Screen Story): Eric Roth
Writer (Screen Story): Robin Swicord
Writer (Original Short Story): F. Scott Fitzgerald
Producer: Kathleen Kennedy
Producer: Frank Marshall
Producer: Ceán Chaffin
Brad Pitt: Benjamin Button
Cate Blanchett: Daisy
Taraji P. Henson: Queenie
Julia Ormond: Caroline
Jason Flemyng: Thomas Button
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali: Tizzy
Jared Harris: Captain Mike
Elias Koteas: Monsieur Gateau
Phyllis Somerville: Grandma Fuller
Tilda Swinton: Elizabeth Abbott

Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The (2008)

Benjamin Button is a most unusual man: he was born old and is growing younger.

5/10

So here’s the thing: if Brad Pitt aged normally, the film wouldn’t be any different. As it is, this is a pompous film that is not as revealing as it thinks it is. It feels like a humourless and ridiculously long version of Forrest Gump. It also feels terribly unconvincing in details (for example, a clock that runs backward is made for a train station and everyone just goes ‘okay’) as well as in the romantic arc of the story and in using characters that have modern sensibilities in period settings. Director David Fincher paces things delicately and has made a technically clever production but is ultimately saved by his star, Brad Pitt. Pitt is the sole reason to the watch as he never puts a foot wrong. He never feels unconvincing, he never feels fake; but everything else does. This isn’t a good film but Brad Pitt is worth watching. If you’re curious.

This movie contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and strong gun violence and sex scenes.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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