The fuss of this holiday film week is “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”,an interesting tale of a man who is living his life in reverse. Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) is born with an interesting disease where he is born a healthy baby, but with external and physical attributes of someone in there nineties. As time goes on Benjamin slowly becomes younger, physically that is. When Benjamin is born his mother dies. His father becomes horrified at what he sees and takes him to a retirement home where he leaves him to be cared for. Queenie (Taraji Henson) is a caregiver at the home and she takes Benjamin in to raise him as her own. There Benjamin meets a young girl who he befriends for many years to come. Her name is Daisy.
Eventually Benjamin begins to walk and comes to a point in his life where he is strong enough to work and joins a ship crew, where he helps man the ship. Many years pass while he is away and he eventually returns home. Benjamin comes home a young and attractive man, at least on the outside. His mama Queenie does not even recognize him at first. Once home with Queenie for some time he is also reunited with a grown up Daisy (Cate Blanchett). The two have now aged and take an interest in each other. Daisy has been away in New York City studying ballet, while Benjamin has been away at sea. Daisy shows Benjamin she has feelings for him, but being the gentlemen he is he refuses to act on them right away.
When Benjamin does finally feel ready to reciprocate Daisy’s feelings he travels to one of her recitals in New York City and meets up with her afterwards, only to find Daisy is living a life he is not familiar with. Feeling he has made an error in judgment he returns home. Benjamin learns during this time who is father is. As disgusted as he may be, he feels it is his father and he must not let him slip out of his life. The two share many days together, even a special one at the lake during the final days. This is a very touching part of the story. Daisy and Benjamin do finally reunite and there story takes another dramatic and bizarre turn.
Brad Pitt steps up to the lead role again and receives much kudos for this act. He handled Benjamin Button flawlessly with such grace. Kate Blanchett let her talent shine through with her stellar scene stealing moments. Not to be left out is Taraji Henson, as Queenie who offered nothing but the best to this film, a great addition to the mix. As unusual as this storyline was it was fascinating and entertaining. I have to admit it was slow at first and that is not a great thing to say when it is a three hour film, but once the storyline picked up you found yourself yearning to find out more. Benjamin Button is a heartfelt and loving film that is meant to help you remember to not take life for granted and treasure every moment.