Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Taraji P.
Henson, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, Julia Ormond
Director: David Fincher
U.S. Opening Date: December 19th, 2008
“I was born under unusual circumstances.” And so begins
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adapted from the 1920s story
by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages
backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow
his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into
the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man’s
life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate
Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias
Koteas and Julia Ormond, Benjamin Button is a grand tale of a
not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way,
the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what
lasts beyond time.
A regular plot device
about someone ageing backwards
in literary sci-fi. Author Dan Simmons recently used it in his
Hyperion books, for instance. But it’s probably the first time it’s
attempted for the movies.
Anyway, it’d be interesting to see what Fight Club and Seven
director David Fincher will do with the material. We just hope that the
ageing make-up effects aren’t too cheesy . . .