The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonDirector: David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson
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David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's story, re-teams the director with Brad Pitt, who takes on the title role. What makes Button such a curious case is that when he is born in New Orleans just after World War I, he is already in his eighties, and proceeds to live his life aging in reverse. This sweeping film follows the character's unusual life into the 21st century as he experiences joy and sadness, loves lost and found, and the meaning of timelessness. Cate Blanchett co-stars along with Tilda Swinton, Elias Koteas, and Julia Ormond.
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Cast & Crew
|Brad Pitt||Benjamin Button|
|Taraji P. Henson||Queenie|
|Jason Flemyng||Thomas Button|
|Jared Harris||Captain Mike|
|Elias Koteas||Mr. Gateau|
|Phyllis Somerville||Grandma Fuller|
|Tilda Swinton||Elizabeth Abbott|
|Lance E. Nichols||Preacher|
|Rampai Mohadi||Ngunda Oti|
|Elle Fanning||Daisy (Age 6)|
|Madisen Beaty||Daisy (Age 10)|
|Peter D. Badalamenti||Actor|
|Donald Graham Burt||Production Designer|
|Lorrie Campbell||Set Decoration/Design|
|Greg Cannom||Makeup Special Effects|
|Kelly Curley||Production Designer|
|Jim Davidson||Associate Producer|
|Alexandre Desplat||Score Composer|
|Ryan Heck||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ren Klyce||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Michele Laliberte||Art Director|
|Tanny Lee||Set Decoration/Design|
|Masako Masuda||Set Decoration/Design|
|Randy Moore||Art Director|
|Scott Plauche||Art Director|
|Eric Roth||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Brian Sipe||Makeup Special Effects|
|Robin Swicord||Original Story|
|Clint Wallace||Set Decoration/Design|
|Mark Weingarten||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jacqueline West||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Randall D. Wilkins||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jane Wuu||Set Decoration/Design|
1. Chapter 1 [:20]
2. Chapter 2 [6:02]
3. Chapter 3 [1:29]
4. Chapter 4 [7:30]
5. Chapter 5 [2:30]
6. Chapter 6 [4:31]
7. Chapter 7 [6:50]
8. Chapter 8 [1:55]
9. Chapter 9 [4:56]
10. Chapter 10 [5:23]
11. Chapter 11 [1:29]
12. Chapter 12 [8:10]
13. Chapter 13 [7:34]
14. Chapter 14 [:31]
15. Chapter 15 [5:41]
16. Chapter 16 [7:16]
17. Chapter 17 [4:22]
18. Chapter 18 [1:03]
19. Chapter 19 [6:37]
20. Chapter 20 [:10]
21. Chapter 21 [6:55]
22. Chapter 22 [3:36]
23. Chapter 23 [2:54]
24. Chapter 24 [6:34]
25. Chapter 25 [1:47]
26. Chapter 26 [5:19]
27. Chapter 27 [2:04]
28. Chapter 28 [5:33]
29. Chapter 29 [1:21]
30. Chapter 30 [7:07]
31. Chapter 31 [3:32]
32. Chapter 32 [2:45]
33. Chapter 33 [6:55]
34. Chapter 34 [:33]
35. Chapter 35 [7:47]
36. Chapter 36 [1:44]
37. Chapter 37 [3:05]
38. Chapter 38 [4:58]
39. Chapter 39 [6:38]
40. Chapter 40 [:07]
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To say I loved this movie is an understatement. It is not very often that I sit in a theater and constantly think how much I am enjoying something. This is a beautiful story about life. It reminds us of what is important - the people that weave in and out of our life's story. The attention to detail was extraordinary. I thought it was Brad Pitt's finest moment. Taraji P. Henson was wonderful. She is an actress to watch for in the future. As I was watching this movie I told my husband over and over I wanted to own this when it came out. This is not a movie for everyone - but if you love stories that bring out your emotions and touch your heart please see it.
I watched this when my mother bought it the day that i came out and i think that the whole thing is very poetic. I've read some reviews that say that it is like the Titanic and Forrest Gump put together, but I'm okay with that because those are two other movies on my top10 list. The emotional and physical challenges that Benjamin Button goes through are amazing. The whole story is very inspirational. My favorite part of the movie has to be how they incorporated the hummingbird into his story. Being the only bird that can fly backwards, it portrays how Benjamin can look back on his past by looking to the future.
This movie was the most splendid movie I have ever had the pleasure to watch. This was beautiful. The way the movie portrayed the different stages of Benjamin's life were seamless! The transitions from his life, the women he loved, the adventures he partook, all leading to his ultimate love for Daisy and life, in itself. The clock going backwards, and the hummingbird's presence and importance throughout the film was brilliant. The story seemed almost as a life's journey being told to you and Benjamin Button will capture your heart from the first, raisin-bodied time you see him on your television screen till the youthful blue eyes you see of him at the very end. I assure you, if you enjoy movies that will last a lifetime, Benjamin Button will be the best 2 hours and 45 minutes of escapism in all your life.
This pic suffered from an endulgent editor. Much of the minor story points should have been dropped to the editor's fl. Being a huge fan of the director, D. Fincher - "Zodiac"; "Seven" and "Fight Club" (all exceptional flicks) - I feel like I'm betraying him and I've been betrayed simultaneously. This overlong opus was technically strong but, from an audience member's point of view, emotionally weak. Usually, his main characters explode from the screen with complex, conflicting dispositions. Although the performances here are strong, they lack any complex character arcs. It felt like a straight forward (no pun intended) love story. In the past, he has demonstrated strength by combining these disparate distinctions in order to accomplish a classic. This one doesn't have that edge that his other attempts possess. That said, it is a well assembled film with a thought provoking premise. Moreover, Fincher has once again (see above titles) proven that he can take a complex, semi-nonlinear storyline and and mold it into something anyone can enjoy. So, you may really love it but do you really like it?
This movie ‘’The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’’ contains cliff hangers at every moment the producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall put into it. This book/movie is about a boy who is born old and as he grows up he gets younger. He experiences love and hate. People judge him.The first criteria that makes this a good movie is cinematography. I especially liked all the angles the movie had. For example when Benjamin was playing with some toys the camera was right up in his face.The second criteria that makes this a good movie is the length. Even though the movie was 2 hrs. 45min. long every scene fit in and came together. The producers put in popular events and also some events that weren't really needed but came up in conversation.The third criteria that makes this a good movie is the makeup. When I first saw Ben as a old baby I definitely thought that he didn't have makeup on. It looked natural. If you're wondering to watch the movie first or read the book in my opinion it doesn't really matter. Although the movie gives off more information.
I loved this film. Brad Pitt was wonderful in the title role. You could feel the anguish from Cate Blanchett in this movie, how she was so torn between her love for Benjamin and her daughter Caroline. This was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. The acting was great! The comparison of Benjamin Button to Forrest Gump is ridiculous. The only similar thing is that they're both films. Watch this movie and you be the judge. The story is by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a towering icon in the world of literature. The make-up was fabulous. Incredibly so. I wish that Julia Ormond would be in more movies because she is absolutely wonderful.
The trailer for this film plays romantic music and shows very little of the ambience of the actual film. It was dark, both literally and emotionaly, depressing, and just plain weird. The first time in my life a movie actually made me feel upset to my stomach. Both my husband and myself gave it a try, but finally just took it out and never finished watching it. That's a first!
Director, David Fincher, tackles this complex, yet beautiful story with great confidence. Two characters have to age through out. One ages backwards, the other forwards. Along with actors Brad Pitt and Cate Blancher, Fincher steps up to the task. Though at first I was probably more interested in seeing how Pitt aged backwards, I was soon drawn into the story and it was very heartfelt to say the least. I liked this film.
Fitzgerald's brilliant idea is turned into an epic. Great acting by all. Superb direction. The New Orleans touch and the involvement of African-American characters, not in the original story, adds flavor and depth to what was an intellectual, imaginative story. When hurricane Katrina comes at the end of the movie and the Cate Blanchett character dies, it is like the old New Orleans. so beautifully portrayed in this film, dies also.
I absolutely loved this movie - it's not about time traveling backwards (etc..) but how true love survives all. Must see!
Not quite the same as Forest Gump, but many of the devices from that movie have been poorly reworked into Benjamin Button. Caution before reading. This may contain some spoilers. Same plot outline: Told in flashbacks and narrated by the main characters, pure-hearted, simple-minded, soft-spoken, southern accented, momma-boyed, slack-jawed wimps come into the world with disabilities (age/bad legs), which they eventually learn are not disabilities at all. The love interests go through the same arcs: loves the main characters, too self-absorbed to love the main characters, after a long delay falls on hard times and relies on the main characters. The main characters are tossed through events in history without making any real decisions. Colorful leaders enter, and come to depend on the the main characters' constant 70 bpm heart rate for some unknown reason. Macguffins (a weak plot device) such as the button business or shrimp business, give the characters financial independence. Aside from the dismal story telling, I found it difficult to get past the unconvincing makeup job. Old or young, Benjamin Button looked like Brad Pitt at 40 in makeup.
Brad Pitt was wonderful in this movie as being born an old amn and turing into a hansome young man the movie is a must see classic a real roamntic fim that is heartwarming and inspiring and Brad Pitt does it all as Benjamin Button and Cate Blanchett as Daisy was wonderful
Excellent film. Fasinating subject matter. Very original epic love story made during the decade of the hollywood remake. Inspires discussions on many levels......including science & relativity.....besides being a truly beautiful movie. Wonderful performance, as usual, from Kate Blanchett. Brad Pitt at his best. Very impressive.
WOW! It is an obvious Love Story, but insured with Drama and Epic proportion's. I was touched and gripped from start to finish. If U only like Romance Drama's or comedic Romance(The NoteBook, 27 Dresses[which I like]), U might not B into this one. This one demand's attention to Amazing Story Telling, so if U enjoy great storie's or Plot's, and Brilliant Production's, then this "Curious Case" will surely arouse you, and give you a taste of astounding fascination...I loved the mother's statement of Banjamin after he was born of "you sure are ugly," fitting perfectly into what we today semi quote, that "only a mother can love." And she(step mom)loved him. Also, From lover's love to motherly love, Cate's part in the story does what I was not sure would happen, but wanted to happen, in that Benjamin is taken care of as a baby(after he aged reversedly):I LOVED IT ! Julia Ormond's(daughter)reading the story at the hospital to a dying mother(the roll of Cate)from Pitt's own Diary, to Pitt bcoming a kid and child and forgetting his past, gave me what I want from all movies:a closure, but not complete. Please, watch this movie...Brad and Julia did another great movie together, "Legend's of the Fall," 1994.