The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Benjamin Button, both movie and character, has the same sort of punkin-headed faux innocence as Forrest Gump (1994), and the film makes a similarly patronizing use of its Southern setting — in New Orleans, mainly, but also, most oddly and implausibly, in Murmansk. Fitzgerald’s story is set in Baltimore. Like Gump, too, it takes a simple-minded person and freak of nature and makes of him a sage and a shaman who is meant to teach us how to live our lives. It even has its own brainless banality as a catch-phrase, to match “life is like a box of chocolates” — namely, “You never know what’s coming for you.”

via The American Spectator : The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.


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