The curious case of Benjamin Button

Commento in inglese sul film arricchito dal confronto con l'omonima short story di Fritzgerald (2 pagine formato doc)

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  • The Curious case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American fantasy drama film, inspired by the same name short story by F.
Scott Fitzgerald.
The film was directed by David Fincher and it stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The film received thirteen Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Pitt. It won three Oscars for Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects.

The movie starts with an old woman, Daisy, lying on her deathbed, with her daughter Caroline beside her. Daisy starts telling her a story about an old blind clock maker, Gateau, who was making a clock for the New Orleans train station.
After hearing that his son had died in World War I, the clock maker continued work on his clock but when it was put up, he revealed that the hands of the clock moved backward because he wished that time could turn back to bring back the soldiers dead in the war.

Daisy goes on to ask Caroline to read from an old diary. In this diary it has been recorded the life of a man called Benjamin, a curious person who was born with the appearance of an old man and ages backward like the mentioned clock. But Benjamin's and Daisy's life will interlace each other, giving birth to a moving love story.

  • Why I love this film
This movie depicts graphically the curious tale of a man who ages backwards through time and never lets his physical appearance keep him from living life to the fullest. Despite the fact that sometimes It is quite slow and tends to drag (being more than two hours long), it is a film worth seeing.

The acting of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as Benjamin and Daisy is extremely good and the storyline is very well written. Although the concept of aging backwards is impossible in reality, it succeeds in telling a realistic story of two people crossing paths in life in various situations and eventually falling in love, in spite of their differences.