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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) on IMDb
Rating: 4/5
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) movie poster

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a well-made, interesting, and, at times, emotionally resonant film, but it does not have much of a lasting impact. Simultaneously epic and intimate, the film almost perfectly captures many of the events in a person’s life. Benjamin Button’s strange medical condition—he is aging backwards—is well integrated into the movie, but its gimmicky nature occasionally shines through. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is technically impressive, with excellent makeup, special effects, cinematography, and attention to detail. One great, memorable sequence has Benjamin narrate a series of events that lead to a tragic accident. Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and Tilda Swinton are expectedly solid, and their nuanced performances give their characters depth; Taraji P. Henson deserves special mention for her first-rate portrayal of Benjamin’s foster mother.