The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Friday, Nov 3 at 6:30 pm
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. David Fincher. 2008, 166 mins. 35mm. With Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond, Elias Koteas, Mahershala Ali. Fincher’s least characteristic picture is a highly unusual, expansive epic of the American twentieth century based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who ages in reverse. While seeming to take the form of a big-budget work of Hollywood sentimentality—which is what some of its detractors mistook it for—Benjamin Button is instead a singularly elegiac, dark-toned mood piece whose central supernatural concept is merely a red herring for an unsettling inquiry into the intractable forward march of time, the indifference of history itself, and the strange experience of living within a constantly changing human body. “A masterpiece through and through…a film that deserves to stand proudly beside the work of contemporary masters Terence Davies and Wong Kar-wai in its evocation of what it feels like to be caught in the middle of time as it endlessly, imperceptibly slips away.” —Andrew Chan, Reverse Shot
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.