Very interesting movie inspired by a short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1920s. The whole movie was told through Benjamin Button’s diary, of a man born with the appearance of an 86 year old. As he slowly makes his way through life, passing many of the stages that any normal boy goes through, such as taking his first step, meeting the girl of his dreams, his first time drinking, his passion with sailing as his career, travelling, dementia, dying. The only difference is, as everyone is getting older and passes away, he gets younger and more handsome…
A very thought provoking movie, but it somehow misses something, something that I felt was left unspoken, something that could have been emphasized more.
Loved the last scene, where the water is running away, but the clock continues ticking, backwards.
Daisy: Will you still love me when my skin grows old and saggy?
Benjamin: Will you still love me when I get acne, when I wet the bed, when I’m afraid of what’s under the stairs?
Captain Mike: Don’t let anyone tell you different! You got to do what you’re meant to do!
Benjamin Button: But life being what it is – a series of intersecting lives and incidents, out of anyone’s control – that taxi did not go by, and that driver was momentarily distracted, and that taxi hit Daisy, and her leg was crushed.
Benjamin Button: Along the way you bump into people who make a dent on your life. Some people get struck by lightning. Some are born to sit by a river. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim the English Channel. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people can dance.
Benjamin Button: Your life is defined by its opportunities…even the ones you miss.
Benjamin Button: 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.