The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button charts the life of a man who was born old and grows younger as times progresses across the span of the 20th century. Based on a short story by "the" great American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benjamin Button is a film that eloquently captures the magic and charm of Hollywood from times long past. It has a warmth, gentle humour and charm that is sorely missing from most of the sentimental slop that is produced these days and is truly stunning to look at. Brad Pitt gives a much softer edged performance than I thought he was capable of and is wonderfully supported by Cate Blanchett who perfectly captures the gradual maturity of age from self absorbed hedonist to rounded and worldly wise matriarch. The "life story" format draws obvious comparison to Forrest Gump, but that film is like Benjamin's inbred, trailer trash hick second cousin; this has a maturity and intelligence that is completely absent from that manipulative, greetings card poem of a movie. The length is an obvious issue but rather than self indulgent, I found it a very brave move on Fincher's part to produce such a ponderous and measured film in this climate obsessed with cheap thrills aimed at people with no attention span. In doing so, he has produced a beautifully crafted, genuinely moving and thought provoking film of the kind I have not seen in a long time.
Great list, but I’ve have replaced Benjamin Button with every character from ‘Freaks’ and put Quasimodo at #1 because he started the trend (in movies, anyway, with the 1923 version).
was an American writer most famous for the famous 1925 novel . Outside of Gatsby, however, he wrote a number of novels and short stories with the characteristic Fitzgerald touch: lush, evocative prose and haunting, poignant story lines.
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a short story first published in 1922 in Collier’s Magazine. It breaks from Fitzgerald’s traditional style in that it is a story of fantasy – a man is born old and ages backwards in the course of his life. Fitzgerald himself called it the "funniest story ever written" (). When "Benjamin Button" was anthologized in Fitzgerald’s collection , Fitzgerald wrote that he was inspired to write it by a remark made by Mark Twain: "It is a pity that the best part of life comes at the beginning, and the worst part at the end."
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" stayed under the radar of popularity until 2008, when director made a starring . The script made major changes from the original story, but at least it helped inspire you to read "Benjamin Button," the original.