The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  • 12
  • David Fincher (2008)
  • US
  • 159 min
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

After the darkness and savagery of Fight Club and Se7en, director David Fincher's third collaboration with Brad Pitt represents a major shift in style and tone. Adapted from F Scott Fitzgerald's short story, the action begins in the 21st century and then flashes back to 1918 when baby Benjamin (Pitt) is born with the physiology of a geriatric. As the years pass he proceeds to "grow" younger, but the teenage Benjamin still resembles an elderly man when he first meets Daisy, the girl who will become the love of his life (in the form of Cate Blanchett). It's their attempts to consummate those romantic feelings that form the backbone of the film, although time, inevitably, works against them. Make-up and state-of-the-art CGI special effects show Pitt's journey from old age to youth, but what's remarkable here is that the computer wizardry doesn't overshadow the heartfelt story. Scripted by Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth, the film shares some similar themes - loss, love and the unstoppable march of time - but feels unique. Best of all, the central relationship between Benjamin and Daisy offers a touching, yet never cloying, emotional warmth to this truly curious case.

Plot Summary

Romantic fantasy drama based on a short story by F Scott Fitzgerald, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Born on the last day of the First World War, Benjamin Button has the appearance of a very old man. His mother dies bearing him and his father rejects him, and he is taken in by the manager of a retirement home. Soon, however, Benjamin realises that he is growing younger day by day.

Cast and crew


Benjamin Button
Brad Pitt
Cate Blanchett
Elizabeth Abbott
Tilda Swinton
Daisy, aged 6
Elle Fanning
Thomas Button
Jason Flemyng
Monsieur Gateau
Elias Koteas
Julia Ormond
Taraji P Henson
Pleasent Curtis
Josh Stewart


David Fincher

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Violence, edited for language.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 6 Feb 2009
Certificate 12
Warner Home Video Ltd