The Curious Tale of Benjamin Button was great! Definitely an A, although I wish Fitzgerald could have spent more time describing some of the years of his life, and more about his relationship with his wife, which from the trailers the movie seems to focus on that. Ryan of 3000books sent me a link showing how they made Brad Pitt look so many different ages! So cool – now I’m excited to see the movie whenever I can get my hands on it.
I really liked the part when Benjamin and Hildegarde first meet and she tells him:
“You’re just the romantic age,” she continued – “fifty. Twenty-five is too worldly-wise; thirty is apt to be pale from overwork; forty is the age of long stories that take a whole cigar to tell; sixty is – oh, sixty is too near seventy; but fifty is the mellow age. I love fifty.”
I kind of just want to shout at her and smack her a bit and tell her that she’s ridiculous. But later on I do feel so bad for her as Benjamin becomes younger and younger, which if you somehow don’t know, is caused by some freak-type of disease that he was born with. And Hildegarde just gets older, as is expected, but it’s so sad how she feels that Benjamin is doing it on purpose, and sad also how Benjamin somehow blames Hildegarde for not remaining beautiful enough to keep his interest. Overall just so sad but really interesting to investigate a life which works… backwards.