The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is quite a unique tale of one man’s journey through his interesting and unforgettable life. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in this motion picture version based loosely on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. Their chemistry is fantastic onscreen, full of emotion and desire.
It is sure to be an OSCAR contender; it has already been nominated for this year’s Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture-Drama and Brad Pitt for Best Performance by an Actor-Drama).
The story starts off with Daisy (Blanchett) on her deathbed asking her daughter (Julia Ormond) to read from a journal written by Benjamin (Pitt). The journal is then told in his point of view through the film.
You discover that Benjamin’s mother died when he was born and that he was born with the appearance and maladies of an elderly man. Angered that his wife is now dead and shocked of the appearance of his son, Benjamin’s father abandons him and leaves him on the steps of a nursing home.
Benjamin is taken in by Queenie, an African-American woman who runs the home. He grows up surrounded by the elderly and the “ever-present friend” death, meanwhile becoming younger and physically stronger.
Becoming more and more aware that he is not like everyone else, he constantly questions his “adopted” mother Queenie about the difference. She is always loving, comforting and reminds him that he is special. Throughout the movie you feel how supportive Queenie is of Benjamin and the closeness they share.
He eventually meets the young and precocious Daisy, whose grandmother lives at the nursing home. They become friends in spite of the physical age difference. Throughout the years she comes and visits her grandmother and Benjamin, she gets older while he gets younger (the makeup used in the movie is convincing). Their love begins to blossom, even though they come in and out of each others lives and keep missing the opportunity to unite, their bond is never severed.
The journal goes on through his life; the strange people encountered, the exciting adventures taken and the sorrow experienced time and time again for the people he has seen die.
When Benjamin and Daisy finally connect at the right time in their lives (around the same age), they finally confess their love for each other and decide to be together…but eventually realize this will come at a price…
The movie is very moving, emotional, humorous at times and touching. Be prepared to be in the theater awhile (the running time is 2 hours and 47 minutes), but the story keeps you entertained.
Like the movie tagline suggests, “Life isn’t measured in minutes, but in moments”.