Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Benjamin Buttons

I did not see this movie because of the on screen presence of Mr. Pitt, but rather for the premise of the movie. I don't usually like a movie due to hype about a particular star, but rather for the story or the integrity of the individual star's work.

This movie is about a man who is born "old". He is left on a doorstep by his father who thought he was a hideous monster. Benjamin is named by the maid/caregiver of a nursing home and this is where he grows up. Ironic as it is. He ends up growing "young", hence people think he is someone he is not, expecting him to be older than his chronological age, and not understanding who he is. His father later redeems himself by getting to know the son he gave up, and ends up leaving his fortune (made from button manufacturing) to his estranged son.

This movie has an amazing cast of stars: Cate Blanchett plays her roles of young and old with such grace; Tilda Swinton appears early on and makes a marked impact on the life experience of Benjamin; Elle Fanning, Julia Ormand ,Taraji Henson and others round out this remarkable story. It is a beautiful story of love, loss and the living of life -- full of tragic happenings and humor.

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