The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 PG-13 CC

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Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Starring:
Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt
Runtime:
2 hours, 46 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Drama, Romance
Director David Fincher
Starring Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt
Supporting actors Julia Ormond, Faune A. Chambers, Elias Koteas, Donna Duplantier, Jacob Tolano, Earl Maddox, Ed Metzger, Jason Flemyng, Danny Vinson, David Jensen, Joeanna Sayler, Taraji P. Henson, Mahershala Ali, Fiona Hale, Patrick Thomas O'Brien, Marion Zinser, Peter Donald Badalamenti II, Danny Nelson
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This movie has a very interesting story with great acting.
*JustAComment
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a moving story of how aging takes us through life, both in love and in tragedy.
Tim Brough
One of the few films that you will watch that will really make you think about your own life.
Diego 454

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254 of 289 people found the following review helpful By Valerya Couto VINE VOICE on March 19, 2009
Format: DVD
The Curious Case of Benjamim Button is by no means a feel-good movie. In fact upon watching it, I felt depressed even the next day just thinking about it. People may confuse this for a love story but to me the film clearly symbolizes death. The love aspect is certainly present, though it is not the center of attention here.

Brad Pitt stars as Benjamin Button, a man who essentially ages backwards. When he is born, his own father attempts to drown him before a sudden change of heart has him leaving the swaddled and very whithered newborn upon the steps of an elderly home. There he is found by Queenie, played to motherly perfection by Taraji P. Henson. She sees past the deformity and oddity and loves him immediately.

Instead of dying, as a doctor predicted, Benjamin actually begins to age backwards. He appears as a very old man and slowly grows younger, but only in body. His mind seems to function as a typical human's mind. He learns, and dreams and experiences. This basically sets up the magnificent story and from then on, you are taken from country to country, from one decade, to another and it is just superb to witness.

The acting is fantastic all around. Brad Pitt does an outstanding job, portraying both the old Benjamin as well as his younger counterpart. Cate Blanchett as his childhood friend/love interest is also a joy to watch. She can do no wrong, she is simply stunning. For such a short part, Tilda Swinton surely makes the most of it. Her tale and part with Benjamin in Russia is just stunning. There is also the talented Julia Ormond, who has a bigger part to play in the tale than we may realise at first.

The most impressive aspect of the film is the flawless visual effects. Just flawless. You have never seen aging/deaging done like this.
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49 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Terence Allen VINE VOICE on March 24, 2009
Format: DVD
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a wonderfully staged fantasy based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's fantasy about a boy born old and aging younger instead of older. The story could obviously be off-putting and distracting, but everyone involved does such a magnificent job of telling this story that it is not hard to accept this as fact, and following the story as it shows Benjamin growing younger and falling in love with a young girl named Daisy.

Benjamin and Daisy's story and the balance of Benjamin's life impart so many valuable life lessons that it is hard to recount them all - the idea that life brings many hardships and the best we can do is doing the best we can with what we're given, making the most of every moment because life is fleeting and unpredictable, find the joy and happinessin life and hold on to it dearly, and many other lessons.

"Benjamin Button" gives Brad Pitt the chance to shine in the title role, and he makes the most of it. He is ably assisted by Cate Blanchett as Daisy, Taraji P. Henson as Benjamin's adoptive mother, Tilda Swinton as another love of Benjamin's, and many others. This film is marvelous and a hopeful fable for all of us.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on March 31, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Movie: Full of excellent performances, this story is complex, yet simply and clearly told. The pacing is perfect, and the already excellent script is brought to life beautifully by director David Fincher. 10/10.

Video: Criterion is known for stunning, true-to-filmmaker-intent video transfers, and this is no exception. Shot digitally, this movie shows none of that artificial digital flatness, and feature perfect contrast and outstanding color reproduction. The whole thing is razor-sharp, but naturally so, giving an incredibly lifelike image. 10/10.

Audio: The sound design, like that of all David Fincher films, is incredible, and this DTS-HD MA 5.1 track (I don't know why the cover says "Dolby Digital 5.1," but rest assured it is actually a DTS-HD Master Audio track) reproduces it wonderfully. The sound here is clear and enveloping, with perfect LFE output and surround activity. Dialogue and music are well-prioritized. 10/10.

Special Features: Criterion and David Fincher are both known for providing a wealth of special feature on their releases, and so it is no surprise that release features just that. A massive ammount of special features, all of which are informative and interesting. 10/10.

Overall: Yeah. Perfect. 10/10.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Darren O'Connor on June 12, 2009
Format: DVD
Visually, this is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. Every period in the film, from the roaring '20s of Benjamin's earliest years, to the 1960s when he lived briefly with the girl of his dreams, are captured almost perfectly onscreen. The cinematography is practically flawless. The film is so wonderfully atmospheric it's almost worth watching for that alone. The special effects are remarkable as well. At different points in the film, both Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt are made to look roughly twenty years younger than their actual ages. This is relatively new in film. It's been possible since the medium began to age actors with makeup, but now it's also possible to de-age them through the magic of CGI. So where it would once have only been possible to make this film using very young actors to play the leads, and use make up to age them into their 40s and 50s and beyond, they can now cast established stars in their 40s and still have them convincingly play characters just out of their teens. The technical wizardry behind this is amazing, and it's yet another example of the magic of the movies.

So on technical merits alone I'd give the film 5 out of 5 stars. Unfortunately, the story does not quite live up to that high standard. It's not bad, to be sure; I did enjoy the movie, but I couldn't help wonder, at the end of it all, what the point was. As the reviewer for the Sunday Times aptly put it: "It's a gimmick that goes on for nearly three hours." Now I don't think every story has to have a moral, or a great message, or all kinds of weighty allusions and themes, and so forth. But simple, escapist entertainment just works better as a comedy or an action piece. A moody, character-driven drama, one can't help but feel, ought to have a little more to say.
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