The Reviewing Network’s Favorite Movies #19: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by David Fincher. The storyline by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord is loosely based on the 1922 short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film stars Brad Pitt as a man who ages in reverse and Cate Blanchett as the love interest throughout his life.

The film was released in North America on December 25, 2008 to positive reviews. The film went on to receive thirteen Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Fincher, Best Actor for Pitt and Best Supporting Actress for Taraji P. Henson, and won three, for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects.

Brad Pitt stars as Benjamin Button, a person who was born not as a child but as an old man. From that point, he begins to age backwards going from old to young and the whole story of his life is being told from his journal being read in 2005 by his daughter (Julia Ormond) and his on again, off again girlfriend Daisy (played throughout the film by Cate Blanchett in an Oscar-caliber role). Throughout the movie, we meet all of these characters from a sea captain that offers Benjamin a job to an older woman who has an affair with Benjamin (played by Tilda Swinton).

Everything that has been said about this movie is 100% true. This is indeed the best movie of the year and I’m serious when I say that this is one of the greatest movies of all time. Does it live up to the ranks of such classics as ‘The Godfather’, ‘Citizen Kane’, & Casablanca’? I actually think so. David Fincher’s direction is kind of the only weak point about the film that I had. But it’s a small weak point. Another great thing is the makeup designs to make Brad Pitt look older and younger as well as make Cate Blanchett and Taraji P. Henson look the same. The thing that surprised me was the ending when he actually does die as a baby. That scene surprisingly shocked me at how great that was.

Yeah, it’s a fantastic movie.

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