The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (12A)
PUBLISHED: 14:55 10 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:27 24 August 2010
by Alex Wellman www.benjaminbutton.co.uk Brad Pitt is something of an irritant in these offices. Feted by many as a great actor, it is this acclaim that just grates. He is not. He is a walking jaw line with symmetrical eyes.Ok,
by Alex Wellman
Brad Pitt is something of an irritant in these offices. Feted by many as a great actor, it is this acclaim that just grates. He is not. He is a walking jaw line with symmetrical eyes.Ok, I'll give you Fight Club, Seven and Twelve Monkeys as entertaining films with decent performances but the goodwill stops there.
However, it may have to begin if the latest outing is anything to go by.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button continues Mr Pitt's romance with overlong titles, but that aside it is something very different to anything he has done before.
Born into the feeble body of a baby afflicted with serious premature ageing, Pitt plays Benjamin Button, whose mother dies during childbirth and who is dumped on a doorstep of an old people's home by his shocked father (Jason Flemying).
Adopted by the matriarch of the home, Queenie, she takes him under her wing and raises him as her own thinking he has not long to live.
Years pass and Benjamin grows into an old man, when in fact he is only seven, feeble and wheelchair bound when others his age are running around playing tag.
More years pass and he forms a lifetime friendship with a young girl, Daisy (Cate Blanchett), whose grandmother is a resident in the home, and it soon becomes apparent that he is ageing the wrong way round.
Running through his lifetime in the early to mid 20th century, Button is a beautifully shot and fantastically acted film.
Pitt plays the titular character very well and in the early period, when a young man in an old mans body, he is excellent as he discovers sex and advenutre.
Essentially this is a love story spanning decades, with Pitt's increasingly youthful Benjamin time and again getting close to his true love Daisy (Cate Blanchett) and then drifting apart.
Similarities to Forrest Gump (same screenwriter, same 'afflicted boy to man generational tale' are obvious but unwarranted.
Benjamin Button is an excellent film and although Pitt becomes vastly less engaging the more he looks like himself, is a well acted and very well scripted piece of cinema.
Rating 4/5 stars
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