Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
My wife and I recently visited the multiplex for the first time in ages to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The $10 ticket prices, and the $10 popcorn/drink combo were almost enough to turn us away, but we braved it anyway.
I drew a lot of parallels to last year’s Atonement. Both are told as a series of flashbacks. Both have a poignant twist at the end. Both are excellent dramas not to be missed.
Benjamin Button has the additional virtue that it plays with time, a favorite subject of mine. The story is the love child of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Bearing An Hourglass (Incarnations of Immortality, Book 2). In Benjamin Button, Benjamin lives his life backwards like the Incarnation of Time, and struggles with similar issues. In feel, though, the story is more like Atonement or The Time Traveler’s Wife (a story that begs to be adapted to film, I might add).
Brad Pitt does a wonderful job — I was truly impressed by his range, which has seemed to be to be narrow until now. Cate Blanchett also deserves kudos for her portrayal of Daisy. And Tilda Swinton was a pleasant surprise as Elizabeth; I’ve enjoyed her since seeing Orlando.
If Hollywood can continue to produce movies like this, maybe I could build up an immunity to box office sticker-shock.