September 27, 2008

Written by Nicole Pedersen

Though audiences were underwhelmed by the 20 minutes of footage that recently screened in Telluride, the two trailers I have seen for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” look pretty fantastic – of course, that is the whole point of a trailer so who knows how the finished film will shake out.

Adapted from a Fitzgerald storyby Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) and directed by David Fincher (“Fight Club”), “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” certainly isn’t lacking in creativity. The film stars Brad Pitt as a man who is aging backward – from a hideously aged-looking baby to the strapping young man we all know as Pitt. The special effects that reverse-age the actor continue to impress, but they will be secondary if Fincher and Roth can not draw us in with an interesting story.

I am willing to give “Benjamin” the benefit of the doubt here – the footage looks beautifuland the actors involved are all at the top of their respective games. Besides, what else am I going to do on Christmas Day? See “Valkyrie?”

“Benjamin Button” co-stars Cate Banchett and Tilda Swinton. It is due out on December 25. Check out Apple Trailers to see both “Benjamin Button” trailers in HD.

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