The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

It is an inescapable fact that death reaches us all sooner or later. Some die noble deaths bettering the world for others while others leave cheated by the forsaken. Each path is unique and tailored, as some might say, to the greater needs of the universe. Every once in a while we encounter experiences which reveal this, for me this took the shape of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.

The premise is that of Benjamin, a child born prematurely old. Growing younger everyday yet an aberration all the same his birth father leaves him at an old folks home to be raised by people who can hopefully understand his unusual predicament. Growing young, however, has its peculiarities and as he possesses the body of an aged gentlemen yet the spirit of a rambunctious youth, he lands himself in many surreal predicaments; a brothel, not knowing what to do, a sailor on a tugboat, a wandering gypsey, and later lover to his childhood sweetheart.

It is a poignant tale. Complicated and multi-layered it is a statement about life, more so it is draped in sorrow of a tragic nature. Benjamin learns to watch the people he loves grow old while he grows young. Forced to leave his soul-mate and watch his family die his character is one of static maturity and strength. Watching the film one cannot but help and muse about their own life and consider the implications of their actions both past and future.

Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Very little is wrong with it and the parts which are rushed I feel no need to convolute by riddling such trivialities with attention. “Benjamin” was a breath of fresh air. Mature and an uncompromising statement concerning life such a movie will delight anyone who is searching for something deeper than the Hollywood action summer popcorn flick.


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