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Released: February 6
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson
Screenwriter: Erich Roth
Running time: 166 mins.
Plot: at the end of the First World War Benjamin Button is born with the looks and health of an 80 year old man, but as time passes he grows younger. Yet his strange situation does not prevent him from having a full and adventurous life, travel the world and find love…
Watch out Burton and Depp, because there is another cinematic couple whose collaborations make great movies with smashing success. If Seven was a thriller that kept you on the edge of your seat, and Fight Club was a violent attack on society with quite a twist, the David Fincher/Brad Pitt team’s new film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, brings the tone down a notch, being drama about a man’s journey through life.
Imagine Benjamin Button as a Forrest Gump, just more intelligent, less naïve and…aging backwards. Sure, he doesn’t meet famous people, and the funny element is not as present, but Button’s journey is deeper, exploring the meaning of being human, the worth of a life. And if Gump was looking for his Jenny, Button is looking for his Daisy, but also for a place for himself in the world.
The movie does not only reunite Brad Pitt with Fincher, but also with his Babel co-star Cate Blanchett, who does an excellent job playing a woman whom we first meet in her twenties and we follow up to her eighties. Pitt himself has proven once more that he is not just a pretty face, but can take on a serious role, and he manages to handle with ease the contradiction of a man who looks younger every day, but becomes wiser in the process.
Love, war, fantasy, emotion; a movie for everyone to enjoy. And I promise you won’t notice it lasts for almost three hours.
-Cate Blanchett did all the ballet dancing herself
-The seven year old Benjamin was played by the dwarf-actor Peter Donald Badalamenti II, over who’s face Pitt’s was digitally superimposed
-The second Hollywood feature film to film in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.