The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button * David Fincher (2008)

I wanted to see this film for a while, but the 166 minute length was a big reason why it took so long. I can say, the film is definately worth the 166 minutes, but I think it could have been a bit shorter. Of course you know that this film is about Benjamin Button who was born elderly and gets younger as he ages. The main story of this film is Benjamin (Brad Pitt) becoming friends with Daisy (Cate Blanchett) early in his life, but given the situation, this friendship can never be what it could have been otherwise. Later in their lives Benjamin and Daisy meet again, but only halfway their lives the love and romance that has always been there could lead to something feasible. Of course, this is only for a limited amount of time. This fact is worked out wonderfully with a heartbreaking melancholy and a short period of bliss. While not with Daisy, Benjamin has adventures of his own, strange ones of course, since a 15-year old elderly who sleeps with a woman for the first time of his life and drinks his first alcohol is a strange thing for the rest of the world. “The Curious Case…” holds some nice (bigger and smaller) surprises in the story and in the overly realistic melancholy reminds me of “Magnolia“. It is (about) as good as this film too.

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