In the run up to this year’s Oscars, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was vying with Slumdog Millionaire as the leading contender for the awards, boasting 13 nominations to Slumdog’s 10. On the night, of course, Danny Boyle’s plucky underdog was the runaway winner, but David Fincher’s movie did come away with three well-deserved gongs for Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects.
The story of a man who lives his very long life in reverse after being born resembling an old man of 80 in New Orleans in 1918, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button can’t match the emotional impact of Slumdog Millionaire, but as a feat of technical wizardry, it’s a true tour de force. Sticking star Brad Pitt’s head on to a series of different bodies – to represent Benjamin at different stages of his life – must have been fiendishly difficult, but Fincher and co pull it off handsomely. More than handsomely: the movie looks ravishing from start to finish.
Fincher delivers an informative audio commentary on the single disc DVD release, but you’ll have to plump for the 2-disc Blu-ray release if you want to delve into the series of making-of featurettes exploring the digital conjuring involved in the film’s creation.
Released 8th June.
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