David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is like watching Maalaala Mo Kaya in full three hours. Melodramatic, crying for emotions, unrequited love. Surefire formula–universal theme–for audience to relate.
I don’t have to do a synopsis because everybody knows. This must be one of Brad Pitt’s better movie (I still like him in Fight Club). Cate Blanchet is regal as ever, beautifully rendered as Benjamin Button’s love interest. But I have to opine that who steals the movie in terms of acting, is Mr Button’s foster mother, Faune Chambers. The film tells us that it’s not how we are born, what is the essential thing in life is how we live it, the memories, the experiences, travails, ups and downs. Because at the end of the day, when we are in the twilight of our life, these memories keep us hanging in our deathbed.
Okay, Benjamin Button was born in reverse. But will there be a movie in the future, but this time though, instead of just the physiological features in reverse, the person is equipped with world history of the future which makes him/her sort of like a prescient. For example, this human is born toda, complete with a body of an 80 years old, but aside from that, also has the memory of what will happen 80 years from now. If that’s the case, he will know what world events will happen in the next 30, 40, or 50 years from now. That way, we can change the course of the moment to avoid certain curcimstances in the future. This was discussed in the movie also during the scene where Cate Blanchet met an accident in Paris. There was a “if only” narrative done by Brad Pitt.
There is another book which has the same theme as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It is The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, which is fortunately now adapted into a movie. It stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.