Movie Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

What if a man grew backwards, from age eighty to infancy?

That is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt (in the title role) and Cate Blanchett.

The film is two and a half hour epic about the times and travels of Benjamin Button and his decades-spanning romance with Daisy (Blanchett). The movie actually feels like Forrest Gump, with a good depiction of different eras and nice story that doesn't feel like two hours.

The film's story is really all about life-- how one lives it, the ups and downs people encounter in life, the experiences that build people's character and how people deal with the end of it. There's a feel good thread that weaves the movie as we see Benjamin fall in love, get a taste of the real world, be part of a great upheaval and being confused on what to do with his life. I found it inspiring in the sense that Benjamin, with his unusual situation, lived his life in his own terms and made the most out of it.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a sentimental tale that reminds us of our mortality. I recommend this film highly.

Rating: 4.5/5