The Curious Case of Benjamin Button | Review

Losely based on F. Scoot Fitzgerald short story of the same name The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl) and stars Brad pitt, Taraji P. Henson, Cate Blanchett, & Tilda Swinton.

Premise: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a weird little – it’s a 2 hours and half – film. The subject is intriguing enough to get you to watch it but you stay because it’s simply captivating. I was so invested in the story that I cried several times while watching it. The film is touching and heartwarming, and also subtle. It seamlessly breezes through times and really brings to life what the tagline is about “Life isn’t measured in minutes but in moments.”

The film does go through Benjamin Button’s life and really shows every step, moments, that defined who he is. The movie is very much grounded in reality which makes the fantasy elements of the story real. You quickly believe that a boy born old but with the mind of baby is possible. So the magic is there, grounded in the reality of Benjamin’s life. I don’t know who to accredit this to but it’s very clear, palpable, that when Benjamin is growing up, looking like a man in his nineties his youthful energy shines through.

Brad Pitt, being the title character is just stunning in this film. He helps make the weird aspects of the film OK. The same goes for Taraji P. Henson, she makes the old wrinkled baby the most normal thing, she brought the dramatic gut wrenching emotions of a mother’s love in all her scenes. They all have their moments Julia Ormond, Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett all bring another layer, another moment in Benjamin’s life. Blanchett evokes the undeniable question of love, and a lasting one as that. Benjamin’s condition raises a valid question about age and love, which is interestingly dealt with in the film.

More than a riveting story with great acting, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a technical prowess. The make up, the cinematography, and the special effects are mind-blowing Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett look older and then younger and it’s done beautifully. The darkness and lighting in David Fincher’s style of film making really compliments the story but more so the technicality of the film. He was the perfect director for and did an amazing job throughout.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a wonderful film about time, life, and love. It’s another David Fincher masterpiece that is timeless.

What’s your take on it?

TV Review: Witches of East End (Season Review)

Brought to the screen by Maggie Friedman, “Witches of East End” is based on a book series of the same name by Melissa De La Cruz. The show stars Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan, Rachel Boston as the Beauchamp witches, and Eric Winters & Daniel DiTomasso as the Gardiner warlock brothers.

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Premise: Centers on the adventures of a mother and her two adult daughters, both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches, who lead seemingly quiet, uneventful modern day lives in Long Island’s secluded seaside town of North Hampton. When one of the daughters becomes engaged to a young, wealthy newcomer, a series of events forces her mother to admit to her daughters they are, in fact, powerful and immortal witches. (Source: Lifetime) 

That was in season one but now things are little different.

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Review: I watched the first season but I wasn’t particularly glued to the show. I watched it because I liked the cast and it had been a while since there was an interesting show about Witches. Everything was set up slowly, each episode bringing a tiny piece of the puzzle and these witches and warlocks started to make “sense.”

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The second season was a completely different story. They have upped the game, it’s better, darker and more entertaining. The portal was opened and an even bigger otherworldly element was added into the show. It was a slow start though, much like the previous season was a little about the girls stepping into their powers, the Gardiner boys discovered theirs. The darker undertone of the season helped handling the boys’ relationship to their powers differently. Aspects of their personality got heightened and we got to see how they turned out and it’s not always pretty.

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New season means new guest stars and for a 13 episode series there were a lot of them, which is why I am left with a bitter sweet feeling about that. The season was riddled with a lot of twist and turns, interesting new characters, but some of the storylines were handled sloppily. The big baddy was a little disappointing, his minions were far more crazy and felt like the real villains than he did. 

But the finale brought on new and interesting plots and I am excited to see what’s to come. What about you?