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Title: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Year Of Release: 2008

Review Date: January 31, 2009

Rating: PG-13

Running time: 166 minutes

Box Office Gross: $134,000,000

Recommendation: most depressing film ever

Site Rating: 3 out of 10 stars

"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" was the most depressing piece of cinema I have ever seen. I don't know whose idea it was to release it around Christmas time, especially during a recession, but it wasn't a good one.

The film has a set of retirement home scenes, where people constantly die. That is in addition to a hospital death bed scene, scattered throughout the film. 

The film is taken from the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name and adapted for film by the same writer that brought you the movie "Forrest Gump."

Baby "Benjamin Button" born an old man, looks remarkably like so-called singer Madonna

Brad Pitt has been nominated for an Oscar for this film and undeservingly so. He does not deserve an Oscar for imitating Tom Hanks in "Forrest Gump."

I cannot imagine F. Scott Fitzgerald envisioned anything so morose and morbid. While the costumes were great, the sets interesting, though somewhat inaccurate for certain time periods in the film, Pitt was not the right man for the role.

Brad Pitt

During the scenes where he was to appear young and in his twenties, he didn't look it. He had visible bags under his eyes, crows feet and wrinkles, which ruined the illusion.

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson, who plays Benjamin's adoptive mother, was phenomenal in the role. She did a very good job playing a grumpy, but loving Southern woman that takes in the abandoned child. As the film went along, she looked young when she was supposed to look young and old when she was supposed to look old. She deserves an Oscar.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett was also very convincing in her role as Pitt's paramour. She too turned in a very good performance and always looked in-character.


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