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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

The movie opens with a story set in 1918, just prior to World War 1. A blind French clockmaker, married to an African-American woman, is commissioned to build a clock for the New Orleans Train Station.

During this time the couple is blessed with the birth of their only son, who too soon, grows to a man, and is off to fight in the war. Predictably, they receive a letter from the government informing them that their son has died in the service of his country, which leads the father to withdraw from those closest to him, and looses himself in the job at hand, the building of the clock.

The time comes when the clock is to be revealed, and President Roosevelt is there to witness this personally. When the clock is unveiled and the crank is turned to initiate the movement of the hands, to everyone’s dismay, they are seen to be moving in reverse.

The clockmaker explains that it was built this way in the hope “to wind back time and bring home all the kids that were lost to the war.”

After that, the clockmaker is never seen again, and years later the war ends.

We cut to joyous post-war celebrations on the crowded streets of New Orleans, and a lone man desperately trying to clear a way through the crowd on foot.

He bursts through the door of a two storey townhouse, and sprints up the steps to the second floor, where the sound of a woman giving birth becomes increasingly louder.

The cries of a newborn can be heard and the relief on the father’s face is visible, however, before rushing to the side of his wife, he is informed that she will not be able to survive the night.

He gives her a final good bye kiss, and moves to where the baby is. Lifting the blanket to see the Childs’ face, the father physically recoils and a look of disgust is apparent on his face.

The Doctor informs him that the child has the physical symptoms of an eighty year old man in the last stages of life. The father snatches up the baby, and rushes out of the house, and makes his way to the docks where he attempts to throw the baby in the river.

Stopped by a Police officer, the father ends up leaving the child on the doorstep of a retirement home, where a female worker, who is unable to have children, takes the baby in and raises it as her own.

The movie then takes us through the life of Benjamin, we see his condition gradually recede, and are introduced to the people who have a profound impact on his life.

This is another movie that tries to show a person struggling against the difficulties that life has dealt them, and succeeding. With the hope of making us appreciate what we have.

I am sorry if people agreed with the academy, and though this film was worthy of an Oscar, however, I felt no empathy towards the main character.

The only thing that this movie showed me was that we end the way we begin. Also, the character’s reversion back too infantile, was totally unbelievable. Sure, it’s a movie, and designed to entertain people, and this certainly was not a “true story”.

However, to me it would have had a deeper impact if the character remained adult sized, but facial and mental changes were evident.

Although, I have to say that the finale did leave an emotional indent, as it would be hard to see a loved one not remember or recognize you. Which is what family member’s of Alzheimer’s victims’ experience (sorry if I have upset anyone by this) day after day.

In summarizing, this movie was completely boring. It tried too hard to pull the heart strings, and any uplifting moments were light to the point of being insubstantial.

Even my partner found it quite annoying, and preferred watching her sister’s ferrets in a free-for-all with the dog. Which I also found more entertaining.

I will be honest, I am not one for romantic or ‘chick’ flicks, however, knowing what I know now, I would gladly have watched the movie about a sisterhood and their travelling pants.

Let me know of your opinion of this movie. I would love to hear if you enjoyed this movie, and what you found enjoying about it.

Thank you.

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