The Curious Case of Benjamin Button review

Benjamin Button is not only long but unnecessarily long, which significantly mars the overall impact of the film. A more concise story with a slightly more challenging script to complement the wonderfully visual film could have turned it in to one the best of the year so far.

Performances are good, especially from Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton’s brief role is worthy of note. Cate Blanchett, however, is sometimes awkward, from the inaudible mumblings as an elderly Daisy, to the baffling choice of using her to dub the 10-year old Daisy, to the portrayal of a pregnant 42-year-old Daisy with perfect skin and not a grey hair in sight. The actress ages far too well, which is a particular problem in this film, and as great as Blanchett is I can’t help but feel she was miscast.

3 out of 5

13th Feb 2009