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Issue: Summer 2008-9

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button movie review

Loving Backwards

Based on the story by the brilliant F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button tells the tale of a man who, like Merlin, lives his life backwards.

Benjamin Button is born aged-looking and feeble and raised in a home for aged people. As time passes he reaches maturity, finding adventure and love, but ultimately he deteriorates into infancy.

A fantastic tale, Benjamin Button draws the audience in with the intensity of Benjamin's life. For an audience who finds it difficult to find and keep love and relationships with people living the same linear existence, there is a curious sense of kinship with a couple whose love is not star-crossed but time-swept.

Movie poster, Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Festivale film review

Life isn't measured in minutes, but in moments

Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt enjoy a broad canvas, they have a range of emotions, costumes and age makeups that need careful handling. In films such as this it is too easy for the effects to overwhelm the story and the performances to overwhelm the acting.

Despite the incredible premise, Benjamin Button moves quickly enough to leave disbelief behind and tell a moving story which, like all love stories, will inevitably end with a parting.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 26 Dec 2008
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Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button(2008)
Written by: F. Scott Fitzgerald (short story); Eric Roth (story, scr), Robin Swicord (screen story)
Directed by: David Fincher
running time: 166 mins

The Players: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Julia Omond,

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