The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Some movies are just a one time watch, some are better off but fade away from the memory with time but some are masterpieces, one of their kinds, leaving a lasting impression on the audience. Yes, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is one such classic saga of love, adventure and loss which lingers long in your mind after you have seen it. Directed by David Fincher, it is loosely based on a short story by F.Scott Fitzgerald.


The story revolves around Benjamin Button, the protagonist (Brad Pitt) who is born old and grows younger with time. It’s Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man”, but backwards! The story gains momentum as Benjamin meets Daisy (Cate Blanchett), his soul mate during his teenage years who then goes on to become the emotional pivot of Benjamin. They meet, they part, only to meet again and again. Daisy grows up to be a ballerina dancer while Benjamin has travelled around, experienced the ruff and tuff side of life and even been a part of the World War I. However, their love for each other never fades away. Their love story takes an enchanting turn as Benjamin grows younger and looks more youthful while Daisy grows old with passing time. A very gripping and flowing story – it will certainly keep you hooked all along.


However, there are also some interesting, though minor goofs in the movie, some subtle, some pretty prominent; like in the hotel lobby, the cigarette pack Daisy puts in her pocket was red, but the pack laid in the kitchen table was green. There are also some scenes in which the crew or their shadows can be seen in the background. Also, there are certain anachronisms like in the scene where Benjamin has been alive for 17 years (1935), he walks out into the street and a modern day fire hydrant with the anti-turn valve on top can be seen on the street.


The most catchy aspect of the movie is the costume and make-up of the artists in accordance with the times they depict, thereby winning the movie an Oscar for best make-up. Moreover, Cludio Miranda’s pearly cinematography, Donald Graham Burt’s superb production design, the visual effects by Eric Barba – everything blends marvelously. Pitt has once again proved what a fine artist he is, giving one of the best performances of his lifetime. His portrayal of Benjamin being more of an observer than a participant gives a new dimension to the entire narration and the overall impression of the movie.


This magical tale shows the other side of the picture to those people who are drowning away in their insecurities about their drifting youth. For Benjamin, this is the very thing that is coming to claim him, an enchanting future as magical as old age. And so goes the tagline, “Life isn’t measured in minutes, but in moments.” Go ahead, watch the movie and let the magic take over you.…


Yashi Trivedi

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