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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Original title
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Year
Running time
167 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Eric Roth (Story: F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Music
Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography
Claudio Miranda
Cast
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Producer
Paramount Pictures / Warner Bros. Entertainment / The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Genre
Fantasy. Romance. Drama | 1980s. 1990s
Movie Groups
F. Scott Fitzgerald Adaptations
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Synopsis / Plot
The story is about Benjamin Button, a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards. That is, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. “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 man’s 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.
Awards
2008: 3 Academy Awards: Best Art Direction, Makeup, Visual Effects. 13 Nominations
2008: 5 Nominations for Golden Globe, including Best Movie, Director
2008: 3 BAFTA Awards, including Best Make up. 11 Nominations, including Best Film
2008: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Director & Best Cinematography
2008: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Runner Up for Best Original Score
2008: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2008: 8 Nominations for Critics' Choice Awards, including Best Picture, Director and Writer
2008: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 5 Nominations including Best Picture
2008: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2008: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2008: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
2008: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): 3 Nominations including Best Cast
Critics' reviews
  • "An historic achievement, a masterful piece of cinema."
  • "A lush, romantic hothouse bloom, a film that shares only a title and a basic premise with its literary source. (...) Above all, though, is a triumph of technique"
  • "A splendidly made film based on a profoundly mistaken premise. (...) The movie's premise devalues any relationship, makes futile any friendship or romance (...) Rating: ★★½ (out of four)."
  • "Benjamin Button is all of a visionary piece, and it's a soul-filling vision."
  • "The movie looks amazing. And for the first hour, when storytelling and special effects bond like lovers, it plays even better. (...) He [Button] gets inside our head, that's for sure, but, frustratingly, we never get inside his. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)."
  • "See 'Benjamin Button,' just don't try to guess his age. (...) The film, ambitious if flawed, also is lyrical and melancholy (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)."
  • "This film's manifold pleasures come in a series of small packages, with treats inside as tasty as they are unexpected."
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