Sneak peek at ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

By Christina Michaluk
December 4, 2008

As the lights dim in the crowded theatre and the smell of fresh popcorn fills the air, the excitement of the screening of the holiday drama “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” mounted.

Moviegoers were able to attend a special holiday screening of the featured film. The crowd included various members of the film industry as well as family and friends.

The screenplay is based off of the acclaimed F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. Benjamin Button is born on the night of excitement as the Cold War ends. The circumstances of his birth are quite unusual.

Benjamin is born with the appearance and medical history of an eighty-year old man. After his mother dies during childbirth, his father sees his new baby boy and is horrified by his appearance.

Mr. Button, played by Jason Flemyng, abandons his son on the steps of a retirement home where he is taken in by a housekeeper named Queenie, played by Taraji P. Henson.

Queenie takes care of Benjamin and loves him as her own. The movie follows Benjamin as he goes through life in reverse. He knows that he is not like other boys his age. He is very curious about the world around him, but is not allowed to experience it as other children his age do.

Benjamin finally makes one of his first friends with a resident’s granddaughter, Daisy, played by Cate Blanchett. They know that they are different but still find similarities beyond their obvious appearances.

Benjamin befriends more fascinating people as the movie progresses on. Once he is old enough to live on his own, he finds himself venturing out into the world experiencing as much as he can with as many people as possible because he never knows when his last moment may be. All Benjamin ever really knows is that he is not like everyone else around him.

As the movie goes on, Benjamin continues to grow younger and younger as he watches the world around him age. He struggles with the love and loss in his life. Unfortunately, nothing can stay the same forever.

Don’t let the running time of 167 minutes deter you from seeing the film. Despite its long length the movie moves along quickly keeping the viewers memorized by the storyline. Benjamin’s curiosity keeps you entranced wanting more as he ages.

Big stars such as Blancett and Pitt are sure to draw in a big crowd due to their star power. Blancett and Pitt do a fantastic job portraying both of the leading characters throughout the film.

The special effects and make-up to age the characters are astounding.

The storyline is relatable to moviegoers at any age. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” was very impressive and is sure to create a stir at the box office. Be sure to see it this holiday season. Award buzz is surrounding the movie even before its release on Christmas.

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