Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

Directed by David Fincher (Paramount Pictures, 2008)

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David Fincher's movie version of a farcical short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells the backwards tale of a man born old who spends his life growing young, ultimately dying as an infant.

Fincher has told the story as a poignant romance, having the "younging" Benjamin (Brad Pitt) fall in love with the normally aging Daisy (Care Blanchett) and allowing these time-crossed lovers only a few years in which to catch each other as they pass on their separate races to the cradle and grave. The sweet pathos of this tale captures the fragility of young love and gives us a long tearful look at the years and decades that follow (and here precede) romances first blossom. Fincher's tale reminds us how short the flame of youth burns, and how long and warm the embers last.

But Fincher and his cast have pulled the emotional punch this tale might have delivered by having only Button's body grow young while his mind grows up and old. …

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