I've been longing to see this film since I first heard about it a year or so ago. Last night, after some frantic planning and a very lucky series of events I was finally able to catch it in theaters, and I'm shocked that no one has started a thread about it here.
For those who don't know, it covers the story of a man named Benjamin Button, who was born under unusual circumstances. Essentially, he was born as an old, old man and it seemed as if he was about to die, but as he grew older his body grew younger and younger. Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, it is a beautiful film about life, love, and everything in between.
If you are a fan of Forrest Gump, then I especially recommend that you see this film. Both movies were written by Eric Roth, and likewise they have very similar structures. I found it interesting, however, that they have essentially contrasting themes (I don't really consider this a spoiler at all, but I'll tag it anyway).
While Forrest Gump teaches that life is a series of cause and effect--that essentially it is the world around us and the people we meet who influence our lives and shape our future, and that in essence we have little control over our actual lives--Benjamin Button, while vaguely reminiscing this theme, focuses more on how, no matter what happens, we are in control of our lives and eventually we reach the same destination no matter what path we take.
Pretty profound, in my opinion.
This was a beautiful film, and while I loved The Dark Knight, I think I'd much rather prefer that this receive Best Picture. Few films can make me laugh and cry at the same time (and, like Forrest Gump, Benjamin Button will definitely make you laugh). Leaving the theater I felt as if I had just seen an old classic for the very first time, and I knew that I will appreciate Benjamin Button for years to come.
And if anyone tells you that this 159 minute film is "too long" then they don't know what they're talking about. It deserved every minute it received, and as it ended I found myself wishing for more.