New Year's Day was a scorcher in Sydney, so hot, it was best spent either at the beach, or at a really cold cinema. Stu and I opted for the latter since we already got way too much sun. Movie of choice - The curious case of Benjamin Button.Boy, am I glad I watched it. It is the most extraordinary story ever told, about a man Benjamin Button (played by Brad Pitt) who was born an old man and ages backwards. Leading actress, Cate Blanchett plays Daisy, love of his life. The story traces his life from old to young, until he dies as an infant, it is a story of his life, the people he met and the things he did.
There was a point in the movie where Benjamin and Daisy are in bed, Daisy is mildly jealous - Benjamin's skin is growing younger, flawless and more youthful while her wrinkles are getting deeper each day. She asks him, "Will you still love me when my skin is saggy and old?" He replies, "Will you still love me when I have acne, when I wet my pants and am afraid of what's at the bottom of the stairs?" It was at this point at I started crying.
The story isn't necessarily a sad one, no but it was deeply moving and very emotional. It examines life, and poses questions about what we make of ourselves, our purpose, our choices, regrets, missed opportunities, moments, time. It was a long movie (3 hours) yet I didn't want it to end. But as the story stresses ever so often, nothing lasts. Not youth, not even old age.I was also blown away by Cate Blanchette - she looked so amazing in the movie. She was just as convincing playing a teenage Daisy right up to an old woman in her eighties. I wish so much I had her perfect porcelain skin.
Anyway, at the end of the movie, I was a huge sobbing mess. Stuart had to offer up his sleeves to dry my tears. I was totally blown away and could not stop thinking about it. It is the best film made - ever. Go see it.
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