This visually and emotionally rich movie recalls the life of a very peculiar man born in the early 20th century who ages backwards. After so much anticipation I was certainly not disappointed. Fincher's characters tend to be psychos, paranoiacs, obsessives, some of whom struggle vainly against the darkness in their own souls, but many others who have embraced it. The irony fate deprives from Bejamin too much. Throughout life he goes through the same things we do, growing up and eventually growing old. By the time Swinton's character departs the film, we know next to nothing new about Benjamin other than that he has trouble sleeping and likes hot tea.
What better way to tell this message than through a story where the titular character ages backwards, and must experience life in such a way? Instead this is his most low-key performance since Meet Joe Black, in which he played Death, who was really just a nice young man curious about the world. He's a thoughtful observer, discovering life from all different angles. It is something of awe and astonishment, an absolute gem. Early on, he meets the love of his life, Daisy, a beautiful red-haired, green-eyed child who grows into a beautiful woman while Benjamin grows into a handsome young man. This is a tender and meaningful film you do not want to wish.
I had been awaiting to see this movie for some time. Abandoned by his biological father, Thomas Button, after Benjamin's biological mother died in childbirth, Benjamin was raised by Queenie, a black woman and caregiver at a seniors home. At her side is her adult daughter, Caroline. Their lives take many different turns and making a life together is long in coming. Along the time when people getting older, he';s increasingly younger. Some of the revelations in Benjamin's diary are difficult for Caroline to read, especially as it relates to the time past this reconnection between Benjamin and Daisy, when Daisy gets older and Benjamin grows younger into his childhood years. Genre: , , Stars: , , Director: David Fincher Country: Rating: 6.
I left the theater astonished that some one could review this movie badly. And so it goes, for nearly three hours. The fact is that even Swinton's character, on screen for perhaps fifteen minutes, is more engaging. The story is narrated from Benjamin's point of view with some particular highlights from Daisy. Everything was top notch from the elegant directing to the subtly wonderful performances down to the magical score.
Which brings us to Cate Blanchett. Despite a long runtime, the film never drags. If you've ever wanted to see Brad Pitt look 20 again, look no further, as the effects that make our actors young again the same goes for Blanchett are just as stunning as those that make them older. Every shot is jaw dropping and while some will find issue with the time, it is used wisely. It stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton.
How Benjamins fate will be? Come to think of it, that's pretty much all that Benjamin Button is, and, if nothing else, he knows more about death than just about anybody around. The cinematography is superb and couples nicely with Fincher's style of accentuating certain colors to enhance a mood or moment. A true epic that left me utterly speechless. Armed with a massive budget, Fincher uses everything a director can use to craft the most charming and technically brilliant film of the year. It's a film to be cherished for ages. Life in itself is indeed very, very curious and Benjamin Button is no less of a wonder.
I set my expectations really high on this film. As she lay dying in a hospital bed on the eve of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, an elderly woman asks her daughter Caroline to read from a diary left to her by a man named Benjamin. The film from start to finish does not let up. The film demands you to feel not only for the death we witness, but for the incredible life we discover. There is not a dull moment in the film. If I could pick one word to describe David Fincher's masterpiece, that would be it: magical. We cut frequently, and irritatingly, back to a modern-day hospital in New Orleans, where a dying Daisy asks her daughter Julia Ormond to read to her from Benjamin's diary as Hurricane Katrina pounds on the windows.
I feel that Fincher accomplished this perfectly. Other cameos along the way bring a large array of characters, including Tilda Swinton, one of Benjamin's early love interests. It also is of limited duration given their ultimately different fates. It's the perfect film to watch all snuggled up in a blanket during the dead of winter. This film is by far one of the best if not the best of 2008.
This doesn't hurt the film in any way, as it's just my wishful thinking. But it is not his life that makes him unique. His love is what makes him special. It's one of the most compelling romances of the year. It's a knowing wink to the wish-fulfillment of the casting - who wouldn't want their old crotchety husband to get younger and younger until they looked like Brad Pitt? It is an extremely graceful depiction of life, love, and the things we lose. When I was walking out of the theater, some people complained that the movie was very good, but that it was too long.