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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (DVD)
Advantages: Plot, Cast
Disadvantages: First half hour is a little slow
I had wanted to see this film for some time as it looked very interesting, so I added it to my DVD rental basket and was pleased when it came through the post for me last week. I had recently read a review on Dooyoo that said an afternoon was really needed for this film and it was quite long. However, I didn't get round to sitting down until 8pm to watch it but was prepared for a film which lasts around 2 and a half hours! Although I watched the DVD, this is a film only review.
The film begins by showing an elderly woman on her death bed, we learn her name is Daisy and she is asking her daughter to read through some sort of diary one last time before she dies. We are then flipped into a time probably 80 years ago where a young woman is giving birth, her husband rushes in and is told things are not looking good and his wife will probably die. Panicking, he rushes to her side and is then handed the son that she has given him. He is horrified, the baby looks like an old man. He is disgusted, probably half because his wife is going to die but also the look of the baby worries him, he also knows he cannot bring a child up alone. He goes out and leaves the baby on an old persons home doorstep with what little money he has.
Queenie, who runs the home finds him and insists that she raises him as her own. As Benjamin grows up, he begins to look younger. He is like a child trapped in a old persons body and instead of aging, he gets younger. We see him begin to walk again and his wrinkles decrease. Whilst he is growing up at the home, we are introduced to Daisy whose grandmother lives at the home. We can see immediately than Benjamin and Daisy are very close but her grandmother disapproves of their friendship as in her eyes, Benjamin is an old man.
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this film, but I was really keen to see it as it sounded interesting and the plot intrigued me. For the first half hour or so I really wasn't sure about the plot but then I really got into the story and was desperate to see how Benjamin lived his life and how he overcame obstacles that he encountered. I felt that the plot flowed well and after the first half an hour it really picked up speed.
Brad Pitt played Benjamin for the majority of the film, but obviously due to the obstacle of following Benjamin through his entire life there are a number of other actors involved including Tom Everett. The actors all played the character extremely well and they all merged into one another very well keeping the character consistent throughout.
The acting in the film was done very well. With big names such as Brad Pitt, I did worry that I might liken Benjamins character to other roles he had played however I'm happy to say I didn't and I saw Benjamin as a completely new character. The characters all had superb chemistry and you could see that a lot of thought and effort was put into making the film. The setting of the film was really good, I enjoyed watching his hometown change over time and thought it was interesting to see.
There were never really any big climaxes in the film and instead we just followed Benjamin through his life, however I thought that the film was still interesting and it was good to see someone live their life backwards.
I enjoyed the film and thought it was the perfect length to fit everything in. After the first half hour, the film really picked up and there was never a dull moment. The ending told me everything I wanted to know but it was not dragged out meaning therefore that I was not willing it to end.
I recommend this film as I thought it was made very well and was an interesting watch. I think everyone would enjoy this film as it is a drama rather than a rom-com or chick flick.
The film was released in 2008.
It stars Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt and Julia Ormond.
It is rated a 12 which is because of references to sex and smoking.
It runs for 166 minutes.
Good film, well worth a watch.
Summary: Good film