The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Why are you reading this? Go and see it!
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button tells the story “through a diary” of a man who ages backwards. Now this is a difficult tale to tell considering it is a love story (initially) between an old man and a young girl. There are great risks to overcome including the fear of witnessing a paedophile at work. However, this is handled very well with very little creepiness.
It is tempting to write in great lengths why I enjoyed this film but it is unnecessary. You are only reading this for an opinion and that is what you’ll get. Nothing more or less.
“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 to the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man’s life can be.
Benjamin Button’s tale is a little long at two hours and forty minutes but lulls only for quarter of an hour before it gets back on track. Perhaps a little tighter editing would have been useful along with a less drawn out ending.
What? You were expecting more? The critique section is just that! I don’t intend to waste my time and yours criticising something that doesn’t warrant it. This is a film that wants to make you cry…. It wants to make you cry so badly that it’ll try every three seconds to do so. The fact that I cried (and I’m not a crier!) almost all of the way through the second and third act, proves that it has done its job.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It will appeal to young and old alike (as does Forrest Gump). It is a beautiful tale that deserves your attention. When it comes to a cinema near you, I suggest you take your hard earned money and go and watch it. Better than that: go and watch it on Valentine’s Day. You’ll love it!
Rating: 5 out of 5