The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
If life is a one-way street, have you ever wonder what would it be like walking the other way?
I was looking for a movie to ease off my new year day and I found this movie a friend has recommended me a while back. It is based on a short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920). The story dealt with the question above scientifically: it set up a hypothesis and assumption then it took an experiment on the subject and see what it would deliver. I find the story are well thought of, rich although at times there were points that felt a bit ‘pushy’. It is a sad but full of optimistic story. Perhaps good for season of resolutions. It is a beautifully real fantasy story full of punch lines like:
Your life is defined by its opportunities… even the ones you miss.
It’s a funny thing about comin’ home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You’ll realize what’s changed is you.
Sometimes we’re on a collision course, and we just don’t know it. Whether it’s by accident or by design, there’s not a thing we can do about it.
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
Benjamin, we’re meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are to us?
You never know what’s comin’ for ya.
Out of all the characters in the film, I like Queenie the most; full of love and optimise but never fail to express her emotion, a God’s child – religious. The movie left me felt quite determine to make the best of my life ahead but it also make me question where I am at in my life and my view of Birth and Death. It become more apparent of the latter when I sat down and start my Buddhism chanting after watched the film. During my chanting I thought: Perhaps birth and death are identical. In that it is a gate, into somewhere we don’t know of? and I feel a gust of fear drumming in, it is my fear of the familiar unknown – Death?
All in all, the movie is definitely worth a watch – 3.5 stars
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