Young Benjamin Button, poised up in his wheelchair, replies “I’m eight, but I look older.” And indeed he is.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button should be applauded for its amazing script. And of course, the make-up. Heaven forbid we not mention the make-up, that magical ingredient which can turn Cate Blanchett older and Brad Pitt older and younger.
Decades ago, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a short story about a boy who was born old and died young. As the rest of the world grew older, Benjamin Button grew younger. F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, defied Mark Twain when he wrote that story. He also made the rest of the world think twice about wishing we age the other way around.
F. Scott Fitzgerald made me wonder what drug he was into when he wrote Benjamin Button. The movie made me wonder how incredibly lonely it must have been to live such a life.
But live Benjamin Button did. He lived life even more than most of us did. He had gone to brothels, traveled the world, met a lot of people, and fell irreversibly in love.
Daisy: I figure you were born in 1918…49 years ago…I’m 43…we are almost the same age. We’re meeting in the middle.
Benjamin Button: We finally caught up with each other. Wait I wanna remember us just as we are now.
It is a truly beautiful story. It is heart wrenching, but it never tries to be. – And that is its greatest appeal. It has the ability to touch the hearts of the viewer even if you have not been paying attention to the movie for half an hour already. (You see, I think that its downside is that it was too long.)
Yes, I may have a problem with the fact that it was told in an I’ll-tell-you-a-story-listen-to-me way (like The Notebook), and that I felt like the part about the clockmaker was unnecessary, but overall The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was excellent. It was moviemaking at its best, and storytelling at its richest. In my opinion, it is Brad Pitt’s and Cate Blanchett’s best movie to date.
What a story. And what a beautiful script.
Benjamin Button: Some people, were born to sit by a river. Some get struck by lightning. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people, dance.
Benjamin Button: For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.