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The curious case of Benjamin Button - Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, David Fincher

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Movie propaganda

"I was born under unusual circumstances."

Based on a fabled short story by F Scott Fitzgerald, The curious case of Benjamin Button chronicles an old man who physically ages backward. At age 50, Benjamin (Brad Pitt) falls in love with 30-year-old Daisy (Cate Blanchett) and then must come to terms with the relationship as they literally grow in opposite directions.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama fantasy romance relationship reverse ageing love old young New Orleans war

Persons of interest

  • Brad Pitt .... Benjamin Button
  • Cate Blanchett .... Daisy
  • Tilda Swinton .... Elizabeth Abbott
  • Elle Fanning .... Daisy at 6
  • Julia Ormond .... Caroline
  • Jason Flemyng .... Thomas Button
  • Taraji P Henson .... Queenie
  • Peter Donald Badalamenti II .... Benjamin Button
  • Josh Stewart .... Pleasant Curtis
  • Chandler Canterbury .... Benjamin Button at 8
  • Lance E Nichols .... The Preacher
  • Joel Bissonnette .... David Hernandez
  • Joshua DesRoches .... Ricky Brody
  • Donna DuPlantier .... Blanche Devereaux
  • Madisen Beaty .... Daisy at 10
  • Katta Hules .... Caroline at 12
  • Patrick Holland .... Benjamin at 36
  • Libby Foster .... Young Caroline
  • Robert Towers .... Benjamin
  • David Ross Paterson .... Walter Abbott
  • Christopher Maxwell .... Nicky Brody
  • Ed Metzger .... Theodore Roosevelt
  • Jacob Wood .... Martin Gateau
  • F Scott Fitzgerald .... Author
  • Eric Roth .... Screenwriter
  • David Fincher .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

For a movie that's based on a short story, The curious case of Brad Blanchett is curiously long. It just goes on and on and on. Even Forrest Gump - which this film strongly resembles - isn't this long: more than two-and-a-half hours. You are never caught up in the narrative, merely dragged along behind it.

On the plus side, Brad and Cate are good actors and they put a lot into their roles. They're also very nice to perve at. Admit it: your main aim when watching a movie with Brad Pitt or Cate Blanchett is having a perve. Brad looks great as an old man (clearly, grey is the new black) while Cate is just horrendous (in a good way). The ageing make-up and special effects are just as good as the rejuvenating, which is to say effective but not entirely convincing. In this day and age we take special effects for granted so they have to be very good (ie unnoticeable) to be good. Still, when you have a canvas that's as good as Brad or Cate you've got the best quality foundation with which to work.

And then there's the story. Talk about star-crossed lovers. Talk about boy gets girl, boy loses girl. Talk about the fickle finger of fate. Talk about tragedy. Talk about impending doom. If you're susceptible to tears before bedtime, take some tissues: you'll need them (there's nothing like a good blubber, is there?).

You'll enjoy this film, just remember to go to the toilet beforehand.

The drama, fantasy movie The curious case of Benjamin Button is directed by David Fincher and stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton.

Government security censorship classification

M (Sexual references and coarse language)

Surveillance time

159 minutes (2:39 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 26 December 2008
DVD retail: 3 June 2009

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