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category international | arts and media | opinion/analysis author Friday March 26, 2010 21:17author by Paddy Hackett - I am not a member of any political organisation Report this post to the editors

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

A terse comment on the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

I watched the video version of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button some weeks ago.
As a movie it was moderately entertaining and visually impressive but certainly not encaptivating. It was of excessively long duration. However much of it, even allowing for poetic licence, was implausible.

Essentially the film was about time.Its key theme was the ageing process and the way this process is a real concrete influence on the lives of people.The film drew our attention to age and the relationship between the different generations. In this way it somewhat challenged our minds concerning the matter of age and even ageism. Notwithstanding the ageism that exists in today’s world the film brings out the hard fact that age does, in a sense, get in the way. It does this by showing how Benjamin’s physical evolution from a man into a boy and later a baby cannot be a “proper” father to his child –nor "proper" lover to his female partner. Again his birth in the form of an old man in the form of a new born baby obstructs his relationships with his peer group. The reversal of the aging process in Benjamin seriously and inevitably influences his relationships with other people. This is a fact that would obtain under all social conditions. And this is because age matters in the relationship between individuals from different generations whether under capitalism or communism. However under capitalism the age question is more pronounced. And ageism under capitalism is a real and oppressive issue.

Other than that there is little more that I can say about this film. Perhaps the book, on which the movie is loosely based, which I have not read is more comprehensive and interesting. Surprisingly I discovered that at least one film critic suggested that this movie resembled the Forest Gump movie --because, while watching it, I had drawn a similar conclusion

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author by Emily Smithpublication date Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

You'll be disappointed to hear that the short story is probably less plausible than the film! Benjamin Button is born not only looking like an old man but fully grown and talking to anyone who'll listen. It's been a while since I've read it or seen the film but I don't think it had an effect on his mother's pregnancy. Apart from that it's set in a different time period and the characters and plot have been changed a bit. The tone of the short story is humourous though so it's probably meant to be a ridiculous while the film maybe takes itself too seriously.

author by Paddy Hackettpublication date Tue Mar 30, 2010 17:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Thanks for this information Emily. I believe F Scott Fitzgerald wrote the short story.

Paddy Hackett

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