The Curious Case of Benjamin Button tells the story of a man born old and aging backwards, living a peculiar life of hardship that gradually blossoms into success and youth but also loss of his loves. One thing that stands out is the amazing computer graphics for their under-stated effects on the story (mainly allowing the actors to age backwards in a realistic way).
The story is loosely based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald so it’s more or less just the plot idea that makes it into this adaptation. The acting performances by both Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett were excellent and low key. I found it a bit odd that the mind of a man born old would age chronologically and I think that took a lot away from the story (and this is a large departure from the short story as well), however the film makes you think about the reality of aging and its unavoidable place in humanity. I think the film could have benefitted for more torment and inner conflict on the difficulties of growing old backwards.
Although it’s a wonderful film I don’t really think it quite deserves the slew of Oscar nominations it’s garnered. I can only question the quality of films in recent years.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button