THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (2008) Graphic Review
CHRIST IN CULTURE
Existentialist theologian Soren Kierkegaard famously said, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” True enough! It is his word that appear in the movie trailer for this intriguing masterpiece. The film, however, makes clear that we can understand something of life by the people we meet along our life’s way. Director David Fincher puts it this way, “Benjamin is like a cue ball and all the people he collides with leave marks on him. That’s what a life is – a collection of these dents and scratches. They are what make him who he is and not anyone else.” And it is those dents and scratches that make each of us who we are as well. Here is a powerful truth portrayed with brilliance in a powerful film.
"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. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, "Benjamin Button," is 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.
Release date: December 25, 2008
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: David Fincher
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking)
Screenwriter: Eric Roth
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, Tilda Swinton
Genre: drama, fantasy