The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Review
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
25 Dec 2008
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
The symbolism of the hummingbird?
Do they represent death in general, showing up when someone is about to die? Or does each hummingbird represent the soul of someone who has already passed on?
Or do you have a different thought? Thanks.
The hummingbird is the only bird in the world that can fly backwards. Hurricanes spin counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. These, among other “backward” motifs involving clocks and so on, tie in with the major thematic elements related to Benjamin Button living life in reverse
You need to have some life experience to really appreciate this movie
But first and foremost – it is sort of a melancholic fairy tale on our entire lives. From our birth to our death. What paths we take, what relationships we build, what work we do.
Now I think it was patient, precise and very on-the-nose about many life phases and tribulations all of us go through.
this movie never fails to bring me to tears, it’s quite poignant because once you reach a certain age, you know there is no going back, no do-over and regrets & reality play a major part of your life. Live your life but be careful with your life choices ….
A very sad story
He died as a little baby in the arms of his love….with senile dementia.
* None seem frightened of the strange phenomenon during the movie.
* Which could be the relation between Benjamin and the clock of the station ?
1 Plenty of uplifting moments though.
2 His father was and initially Queenie and Tizzy were. But I guess everyone else at the nursing home figure they’ve seen everything any way. Benjamin didn’t really ever try to be threatening to any one.
3 It is a fantasy and I guess the clock prologue may exist as some sort of rationale to explain his existence, since he was born around the same time the clock began to operate.
Why didn’t scientists or doctors study him?
Benjamin’s case would be a remarkable scientific and medical curiosity, yet no one in the movie really seems to think much of it. “Ooh, he’s getting younger, that’s delightful!” No “holy crap, this guy’s genes could unlock the secrets of anti-aging!”
Yeah, that’s not really what the story’s about, so they didn’t focus on it. There are also a few things they could do to explain why it wasn’t a big deal; Benjamin mostly hung out with old people who wouldn’t have known him long enough to notice the effects or if they did they didn’t care. His mother was super religious so she just chalked it up to God doing a miracle.
Remark by author Mark Twain
The short story based on a remark by author Mark Twain. Twain famously remarked that ‘the best part of life was from the beginning and the worst part was the end’.
Movies you should see
Included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, edited by Steven Schneider.
What would happen if Benjamin went on living longer?
Since he ages backwards, it only made sense that he died when he started to look like a newborn baby. But in real life, you can grow to look old and die at like 75, OR you can go on for another 25 years+. But surely that couldn’t be the case with Benjamin could it? Unless he kept on aging backwards and stayed alive for a long time looking like a fetus. So is it safe to assume that his life basically had a precise time limit on it right from the start? Think about it.
Why didn’t cate get nominated?
I thought she was the one who did the decent acting there.It’s her best performance in my opinion.I didn’t like her in aviator.I wish she had won for this performance
I agree completely. IMO her compelling and multi-layered performance was even better than her one in “The Aviator”
RT/Meta Critic Review
A man who ages backwards will never be able to bond to another person in a truly meaningful way. We can barely be expected to return affection that isn’t there.(Click here to see)