Rent The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

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2h 38min
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Synopsis:
"I was born under unusual circumstances". And so begins The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any mans life can be. Benjamin Button is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.
Actors:
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Directors:
Voiced By:
Antonia Putiloff
Writers:
Eric Roth
Others:
Nathan McGuinness, Edson Williams, Donald Grahan Burt, Victor J. Zolfo, Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Craig Barron, Burt Dalton, Jean Black, Robin Swicord, David Parker, Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall, Alexandre Desplat, Claudio Miranda, Mark Weingarten, Michael Semanick, Jacqueline West, Donald Graham Burt, Colleen Callaghan, Greg Cannom, Ren Klyce, Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Awards:

2009 BAFTA Best Production Design

2009 BAFTA Best Visual Effects

2009 BAFTA Make-Up And Hair

2009 Oscar Best Visual Effects

2009 Oscar Best Makeup and Hairstyling

2009 Oscar Best Art Direction

BBFC:
Release Date:
08/06/2009
Run Time:
158 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Director David Fincher
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/06/2009
Run Time:
166 minutes
Languages:
English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Thai, Turkish
Subtitles:
Cantonese, Castillian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary By Director David Fincher
  • Featurettes: Preface, Pre-Production: Parts 1 and 2, Visual Effects (Benjamin, The Chelsea, Youthenizationo, Performance Capture, The Simulated World), Sound Design, Desplat's Interumentarium and Premier
  • 4 Photo Galleries: Storyboards, Art Direction, Costume and Production
  • Trailers
  • TV Spots
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following special features:
- Featurettes: Preface, Pre-Production: Parts 1 and 2, Visual Effects (Benjamin, The Chelsea, Youthenizationo, Performance Capture, The Simulated World), Sound Design, Desplat's Interumentarium and Premier
- 4 Photo Galleries: Storyboards, Art Direction, Costume and Production
- Trailers
- TV Spots

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Reviews (8) of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Sentimental Epic - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button review by Jawbreaker

Spoiler Alert
27/03/2009

Button is easily Fincher’s most commercial film to date yet one that still maintains his air of perfectionism. The premise is already known and inserts a fascinating marker of where the industry currently is with special effects. It seems there is little a film cannot do when the budget allows.

It is an emotional tale through the life of a man, albeit in reverse. The lazy comparison (as made by the Sunday Times and others) is that it’s simply Forest Gump backwards. I have to disagree completely; this is a far more enchanting tale with an excellent cast and is a much superior film. Pitt and Blanchett are both excellent and form a lasting bond even as their ages drift apart. On paper the running time seems excessive and I would have certainly removed the clock dynamic and some of the initial younger years. The experience refuses to drag and despite the obvious ending (who can deny nature?) the trip is well worth the ride.

For Fincher it shows he can do mainstream sentimentality better than most and will hopefully enable him to pursue some of his other projects currently stuck in development hell. Benjamin Button is an excellent film without doubt, perhaps not the best of the year but certainly a memorable few hours.

6 out of 11 members found this review helpful.

compelling - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button review by RD

Spoiler Alert
06/10/2009

Not being the greatest Brad Pitt fan,I thought as a Scott Fitzgerald story it might be worth a look. It certainly is worth a look as it is a very strange but very compelling film. Although about three hours long it absolutely flew by and as in all good stories you always wanted to know what was going to happen next.Cate Blanchett was her usual wonderful self and even Brad handled a demanding role efficiently.

Definitely recommended.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Very good short story - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button review by JD

Spoiler Alert
28/01/2010

The idea of living life backwards is novel and interesting. Lots of facets of this are explored but the plot does feel a bit thin in parts. Brad Pitt is one of the best action adventure hero actors of our time but doesn't really carry off more complex roles. The make up is good in parts but two scenes in particular are quite poor (you can definitely see the join). Worth watching but not transfixing.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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