Monday, January 19, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

While I was in Texas I went to the movies with DeboHobo to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I'm not to sure how long the movie is, but I would guess over ninety minutes. The whole time the movie was exciting and it kept my interest. The outstanding thing for me about this movie is the makeup for the aged Brad Pitt. To my surprise in the credits I saw the movie was based on a short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Because I am an avid reader, I went to my local library and checked out Six Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Included in those tales is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The short story is twenty-three pages long. Well, I read the tale last night and all I can say is the screenwriter definitely used a writer's license. We all know most movies are not the same as the original story, and some come fairly close, but this was quite a leap from the book.

The bottom line is both the movie and the short story are interesting and I would recommend both. The order you choose to partake is up to you, but for this one I would say movie first and than the short story.


Gran said...

Very interesting. I will read the story and watch the movie. Thanks for the reviews.

Ruth said...

I haven't seen the film yet, nor read the short story. And I had no idea it was a Fitzgerald story. Wow.

It's a unique story, and I look forward to it.

debo hobo said...

great review. i am trying to comment from my phone....

Coffee Messiah said...

There's something about BP that has stopped me from watching any movie he is in ; (

The short story sounds good though and reading FSF sounds good too ; )

There's so many excellent writers and the old ones I notice, aren't being read the way I remember they used to, especially in schools.

Maybe that'll change again too, soon.


Dakota Bear said...

The movie has been nominated for 13 academy awards. I knew it was going to be nominated for some, but I had know idea it would be that many.

Gran-your welcome.
Ruth-I had know idea it was a Fitzgerald either. Enjoy!
DeboHobo-thank you.
Coffee-thank you for stopping by.

Debo Hobo said...

I am so excited to hear that the movie is s well nominated. I knew it would be as I was watching it.

Finally the Academy Awards will be fun to watch again this year.

Joanne said...

I haven't seen the movie, nor read the story. Interesting how the screenwriters expand upon the story/concept though.

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