The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Fortunately it was early when I put The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, 2008) in the machine, as I had no idea it would take so long to deal with its straightforward subject – just under three hours. Penny Marshall’s Big (1988) does its thang in 104 min., Dating the Enemy (MS Hubermann, 1996) its in 97. I could go on. Fincher did.

I watched the movie with his fascinating commentary (which he did alone, without a single 'um' or 'er') and the subtitles turned on. Risky casting, I thought, in the leads: Brad showing as much depth as a floppy disk, and Cate having to compress her enormous ability into single lines, body doubles and inches of makeup.

Benjamin Button ages backwards.

Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, 2008)


Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 18 March, 2017 | Now: 18 March, 2017