Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Synopsis: "I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards. A man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be - a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time. [Source: Yahoo! Singapore Movies]
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First of all, this movie is definitely not for the people without patience as the pace is quite slow, revealing to us the whole life of the lead character, Benjamin Button from the time of his birth to his death. I appreciate the brilliance of the author of the story, working around the law of nature, but with a twist. A newborn in an elderly body and growing younger as his age increases, as if time is really turning back. Aside from this outrageous innovation, what exactly is the message the author is trying to convey? I personally have no idea, perhaps in my own opinion, the author wishes that he can travel back in time to undo something? Enjoy the movie (if you can stand the pace) of the curious case of Benjamin Button.
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Rate: 3.5/5

1 comment:

s0unD aS|eep said...

i think one of the themes of the show is: very old people and babies are not that different - they are defenceless, cannot speak, walk etc. everything else in between, is it that different if you are aging but body is getting younger?? personally i think he encounters a lot of the same problems as a 'normal' person.. so its food for thought la..

anyway i thought the show could be longer and more detailed lor! the book was so short!!