Moreland At The Movies: Button

November 3, 2008

Movie Review

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by T. A. Moreland

The Case of Benjamin Button is indeed curious. Set in New Orleans in the 1920s, Benjamin is born into a cycle of reverse aging; he enters the world burdened with old age frailties and grows younger over time.


His mother dies at his birth; his father shocked by the decrepit new born, leaves him on the doorstep of a senior citizens’ home. Queenie (Taraji P. Henson) a caretaker at the home takes him in and raises him as her own. As a youngster still bearing the characteristics of an old man, Benjamin meets the grand daughter of one of the residents. She embraces Benjamin as friend despite his appearance. Over the years they exchange letters and post cards as they pursue different interests. He as a merchant seaman; she a ballerina. At the time when Benjamin (Brad Pitt) sheds his old age looks and she is a beautiful young lady (Cate Blanchard), they fall in love. But the issue becomes how do they handle the fact they their physical development is moving in opposite directions.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is simply one of the best films of the year. It’s fascinating, stimulating and thought provoking. It starts with strong, impressive characters that you care about and embrace. This is a film you will emotionally participate in.

This is science fiction; this is a love story. It transcends age, race and gender. The physical changes in Benjamin are expertly done, as he goes from an elderly baby and child, to a strong, young man, to a teen, then returning to childhood again – you’ll enjoy taking this journey.

There is no weak link in this film; the acting, the writing, the editing and direction are all exceptional. Actors Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchard, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Fleming, Julia Ormond; writer, Eric Roth; director, Richard Fincher and the rest of the crew work together to create a filmmaking masterpiece.

At two hours and forty seven minutes, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a very long movie but it won’t seem that long. Its gets an overwhelming See It rating.It’s PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking.

Excited Brad Pitt
Excited Brad Pitt (Photo credits: Giphy)

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