The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I took this screen cap shortly after we watched Brad Pitt’s latest movie on my laptop. I chose this particular scene not because of Brad Pitt, but because of one of the cans on the table. Yup, you got it, that can of Morjon sardines there on the bottom right corner of the screen cap. Kidding aside, even as I saw some of the trailers for this movie I had already been commenting on how an aged-by-makeup Brad Pitt looked very much like Robert Redford does now.

As for the movie, which is based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it can put cynics to sleep and then again it may just keep them awake. It depends on how much caffeine you have in your system at the time that you watch it. Admittedly I read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story just now, and although the main character and his circumstances of having come into this world is used in the movie, the film a totally different story. Personally I prefer Alejo Carpentier’s Journey Back to the Source for suspension of disbelief. This is the main difference between reading a book and watching a movie—a good book can be much more compelling and convincing than makeup and prosthetics.

These days we consider movies as whether they absolutely beg to be watched on the big screen, whereupon we save a few hundred pesos from the latest paycheck and see it at the Mall of Asia. If not then a quick torrent download will do. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with its expansive scenery and attempt to suspend the viewers’ disbelief may deserve the popcorn and rootbeer treatment, but if you’re someone with a good internet connection and an impregnable anti-virus program, pop the corn in the microwave and go for the torrent. But if it’s tire chains you want, click here.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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6 thoughts on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  1. it was an ingenious movie that is now getting quite a few raves, but it just didn’t impress me all that much. Love in the time of Cholera with Javier Bardem was a whole lot more entertaining.

  2. So… how is this not esteemed, in light, as a form of plagiarism. Haven’t seen it yet, but the film seems to ‘borrow’ a similar premise of a story told backwards, a la Journey Back to the Source. Hate it how things that are hits in pop culture do not properly credit their heavily borrowed influences. Happens all the time, and some calling this ‘original’ and ‘groundbreaking’ makes you wonder what they’ve been putting in their cigarettes…

    1. The movie, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, was based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, of the same name. The short story preceded the publication of Journey Back to the Source by thirty or forty years. That being said, I think “Journey” is a better story than “The Curious Case”, but it’s highly plausible that Fincher made the movie without ever reading Carpentier’s work.

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