The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a cute, beautiful and ultimately sad tale. Brad Pitt plays poor little Benjamin Button who is born old, his mother dies in labor and his father abandons him, oh and he ages in reverse. Besides that, a pretty normal little kid. Pitt is an exceptional actor but besides the obvious weirdness of Button there isnâ€™t that much to the character, he is rather on the bland side. Cate Blanchett, who plays Buttonâ€™s life long love interest Daisy, is a lot more interesting and her character portrayal has a lot of depth. You can see why Button loves her, even if it is a doomed love.
Directed by David Fincher who also directed Zodiac, Fight Club and Se7en, the film looks old and I believe there are some sepia scenes. Fincher spins a good yarn loosely based on a short story by F. Scott Ftizgerald. Blanchett seems to glow like always. The story is interesting but a bit on the long side. Yes, they need to go through 80 years but some of the stuff they could have definitely skipped over. There is a sadness to the story that lingers over the whole movie. And it really is a beautiful film and a well told story. I wanted to like it more but there just seemed to be something missing.
I did really like this movie, I just am not in love with the movie (itâ€™s not you, itâ€™s me). But it is really interesting and the actors are just great.