Tonight I got a chance to see the movie with my mom and sister. I had been eagerly anticipating this movie, and I was hoping it would not disappoint. "Benjamin Button" is based on a short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who happens to be one of my favorite authors of all time. The story follows Benjamin Button, who is born an old man and ages backward. Early in his life he meets a girl named Daisy, and their fates are intertwined throughout the rest of the film.
Let me start by saying that I absolutely loved loved loved this film. First, it has so many great actors, beginning with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Both are strong, accomplished actors and to have them play against each other was a great choice. Taraji P. Henson plays Benjamin's mother, and she does a superb job (and she's come along way from playing a pregnant hooker).
The second thing to love is the storyline. In some ways, the story is simplistic and predicable - you know that its a story of a man who is born old and ages backward. But even though you can see what is coming next, it never feels predictable - instead, the story and the film just seem to flow in a natural progression, which neither feels too rushed or too slow. You get lost in seeing the world through Benjamin's eyes, and going through each stage of life with him.
The third thing to love is the love story between Daisy and Benjamin. They meet when they are both the same age, and their lives and fates are closely linked for the rest of their lives, even though they are aging in opposite directions. It is easy to see the chemistry between Pitt and Blanchett and to fall in love with the love story between the two main characters.
Now, the bad....well, it is a bit too long. The film runs 2 hours and 48 minutes, and there are a few times where it feels a bit too long, even though the story was moving at a good pace. I did find myself wondering what time it was a few times in the film. The film also leaves you feeling a bit melancholy at the end, which can be expected given the subject matter.
Overall, I thought "Benjamin Button" was an amazing film, and one of my favorites of 2008. I highly recommend that you check it out.