The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

30 Sep

It’s official: the David Fincher-Brad Pitt partnership of the last decade is now as cinematically significant as that of the Martin Scorsese-Robert De Niro partnership of the 1970s and 80s.

Big call? You bet. But, thanks to Seven and Fight Club, Fincher and Pitt have pushed the boundaries of popular cinema – Fincher via his progressive approach to technology in film, and Pitt through his calculatedly reckless (and grossly underrated) performances. The two have now partnered up for their third feature: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Based on the 1922 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the film follows the life of Benjamin Button (Pitt) as he is born ageing backwards from the age of 80, falling in love with a 30-year-old woman (Cate Blanchett) along the way. Dark and romantic, it looks like Fincher is treading new ground.

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