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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Date: Feb 04 2009

Themes: History, Romance

Grammar: Be Able To


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If you think about it, being really old is pretty similar to being really young…but it’s not as cute. You need the most help taking care of yourself, you have the hardest time moving, and your mind is weakest when you are a baby and when you are very elderly. In many ways, we leave this world in the same state in which we enter it.

Brad Pitt’s latest movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is about a character who is born an old man and ages in reverse. He gets younger and younger, until he becomes a newborn baby, and then he dies. Cate Blanchett plays his love interest, a woman who ages the normal way. Even though they love each other and are meant to be, they can only be together for a short time, when they both reach midlife and their ages finally match up.

Benjamin Button was nominated for many awards. Marni loved it, but Mason isn’t sure he agrees with all the rave reviews . Listen to them talk about it.


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Marni:  I just recently saw Benjamin Button. The curious case of.

Mason:  The curious case. You know, what I find to be a curious case is the many parallels between that and Forrest Gump.

Marni:  Well, written by the same writer.

Mason:  Oh. Well that would explain it.

Marni:  There you go. It had a very Forrest Gump meets Big Fish feel.

Mason:  Forrest Fish. Big Gump.

Marni:  Well, a beautiful film. I mean, visually stunning. And, just, a very sweet portrayal of this man, and his life. And the whole concept of aging in reverse…I find it very fascinating.

Mason:  Right. I kinda liked what they were able to do with the relationship between he and Cate Blanchett. And it’s like, you hear so many times in relationships that it’s bad timing and stuff like that. It was a really interesting way to kinda carry out that sorta thing.

Marni:  Yeah, absolutely. Well, the writer based it on the premise of that saying that “youth is wasted on the young.” So, he just toyed with that idea and wrote this script.

Mason:  So all of that said, I mean, I really enjoyed the film, but it didn’t really get me that much. I mean, I don’t really think it’s worth all the praise.

Marni:  Really? Thirteen Oscar nominations?

Mason:  No, I think that’s kinda ridiculous, I mean, I don’t know. What, did it do something to you?

Marni:  I cried. A lot.

Mason:  A lot? Like just, not just at the end?

Marni:  A lot.


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Mason and Marni both saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Mason thinks it has a lot of similarities to Forrest Gump. Marni points out that the same writer made both movies.

Marni thought the movie was beautiful and interesting. The most interesting part for Mason was the relationship between Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt. They had bad timing in their relationship because for most of their lives, they weren’t the same age.

Even though Mason liked the movie, he doesn’t understand why it’s gotten such rave reviews. He thinks 13 Oscar nominations is too much. But Marni disagrees. She was really moved by the film.

Are you a fan of Brad Pitt? Can you think of other ways that being old is like being a child?



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Brad Pitt is extremely handsome.  But now I'm not a fan of him anymore because there are many fresh faces in Hollywood.  His new movie sounds interesting. I can't imagine how he was given birth by his mother not a baby but an old man. Well being old is like being a child in such many ways like they use diapers or  they are being nursed, and the more important  is  they need love and full attention. 

03:10 PM Feb 04 2009 |




Very good Movie!

02:09 PM Feb 04 2009 |




I`v essen the movie last weekend, I think it was really great. It`s such a great livestory . I didn`t know that forrest gump and benjamin button were written of the same person but I just thaught on forrest gump while I was watching . its an amazing movie and I recommend it to everybody who likes Forrest Gump. All in all this film deserv 13 oscars althought some people are thinking this is too much.

01:45 PM Feb 04 2009 |




oh! it is too fast .  i can't follow it!

oh my god!~


01:24 PM Feb 04 2009 |




hope to watch this movie soon

12:40 PM Feb 04 2009 |



I have seen this movie last week. it was great. and I cried ,too…. this movie is kinda tears jerker..I mean when you see this film. you can't be unmoved .it's very touching ..and I also liked the way Cate Blanchett dance..very enchanted.

11:42 AM Feb 04 2009 |



I knew they were the best film i understand that so i am very agger found to see those movies.but i am very amazing to got 13 oscar nomination.

11:03 AM Feb 04 2009 |




I haven’t seen film yet but I’m sure that 13 nominations for oscar is too much for this film. I hope to find out on next Monday is this film really worth so many nominations

10:22 AM Feb 04 2009 |




It’s a great movie.

09:02 AM Feb 04 2009 |




if the life can come again,all things will be wasted.

08:57 AM Feb 04 2009 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

it's nice


08:13 AM Feb 04 2009 |



hello….i can not speak engilsh…....please you help me.

07:54 AM Feb 04 2009 |

Judy Huang



07:16 AM Feb 04 2009 |




06:29 AM Feb 04 2009 |




hi that was nice

05:47 AM Feb 04 2009 |



I wanna watch this movie soon! =)

02:09 AM Feb 04 2009 |

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