The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the new movie by David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. It’s nominated for about a hundred Oscars. It’s based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

At the end of World War I, a baby is born – but it’s the ugliest baby anyone has ever seen. He looks like an old man. Disgusted and shocked by his wife’s death, the father [Jason Flemyng] abandons the baby on the steps of an old persons’ home, where it is found by the motherly caretaker Queenie [Taraji P. Henson], who takes him in and calls him Benjamin.
Benjamin [Brad Pitt] ages in reverse. He was born an old man, but with each year that passes, he gets younger and younger. As a child, he meets Daisy [Cate Blanchett], the love of his life who will continue to be the connecting thread in his restless existence.

What a sweeping movie. There’s absolutely everything in it. It’s wonderfully done. It could have been a little shorter though. But it’s definitely a movie you should see.



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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Two Other Stories (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

As the title suggests, this is a small book containing three short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The three stories are: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Bernice Bobs Her Hair and The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.

All of them were a little weird, as they didn’t seem to have a punchline, or morale, or point. Nevertheless, I liked them and they were well-written.

As usual, I’ll go through them one by one.


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