Review: Benjamin Button

Patrick Rooney

The last time Brad Pitt starred in a David Fincher film, his character was put through hell in the masterful serial killer thriller Seven. This time round he finds himself the central character in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The film tells the bizarre story of a man that ages backwards. Benjamin is born on the day World War I ends. His mother dies.

Benjamin is afflicted by many of the symptoms of old age: cataracts, arthritis and liver spots. As such his chances for survival are deemed slim and his father abandons him on the door step of a retirement home in New Orleans. Battling such dismal beginnings, Benjamin is fostered by Queenie, a determined black woman who sees him as a miracle in need of nurturing. The film follows Benjamin as he journeys across the world whilst always keeping the memory of his ‘childhood’ sweetheart Daisy close to his heart. Daisy, played by Cate Blanchett, grows up to become a successful ballet dancer and crosses paths with Benjamin frequently throughout the film. The two eventually fall in love, meeting in the middle during their 30s and 40s. Nominated for multiple Oscars, Baftas and Golden Globes, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a unique, accomplished piece of film making from an assured filmmaker and cast. However, with a running time of almost three hours, you may need the attention span of a PhD researcher.

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