History Film / TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton

1st Feb '18 11:52:15 AM fearlessnikki
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%%* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Benjamin and Daisy.

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%%* * ChildhoodFriendRomance: Benjamin and Daisy.Daisy are a strange example. Biologically Benjamin met her when he was a child, but he resembled an old man then.



* DisappearedDad / ParentalAbandonment: Benjamin's father, Thomas Button, abandoned him on the doorstep of a local nursing home after his mother died during childbirth. [[spoiler:He's later seen watching Benjamin from outside the nursing home. He finally introduces himself to Benjamin and befriends him by taking him for a drink. Years later when Benjamin returns from the war, Thomas finally admits that he is his father shortly before dying and leaving Benjamin his fortune.]]

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* DisappearedDad / ParentalAbandonment: DisappearedDad: Benjamin's father, Thomas Button, abandoned him on the doorstep of a local nursing home after his mother died during childbirth. [[spoiler:He's later seen watching Benjamin from outside the nursing home. He finally introduces himself to Benjamin and befriends him by taking him for a drink. Years later when Benjamin returns from the war, Thomas finally admits that he is his father shortly before dying and leaving Benjamin his fortune.]]



** In actuality, a PG-13 film is allowed a certain number of F-Bombs depending on its use. If it is used in a sexual manner, such as using it as a verb, eg. "fucking a girl", then it can only be used once before an R Rating. However, a PG-13 film can get away with a grand total of 3 F-Bombs if it is used simply as an expletive, eg. "What the fuck".

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* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery:
** In actuality, a PG-13 film is allowed a certain number of F-Bombs depending Benjamin romanticises his time with Elizabeth - even though she was cheating on its use. If it is used her husband with him.
** Likewise [[spoiler: Benjamin and Daisy share one night
in a sexual manner, such as using it as a verb, eg. "fucking a girl", then it can only be used once before an R Rating. However, a PG-13 film can get away with a grand total of 3 F-Bombs if it is used simply as an expletive, eg. "What the fuck".hotel room together years later when Daisy has remarried]].



* MayDecemberRomance: Played with Benjamin and Daisy as while they may look vastly different ages, Benjamin is actually only a few years older than Daisy. The implied May-December Romance progresses into a July-October, then an October-July, then December-May romance. But while Benjamin's body ages backwards, his mind still ages forwards, so he and Daisy, born around the same time, are always the same age "in spirit". Nevertheless, the only time that they really get intimate is the period in which they meet in the middle.

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* MayDecemberRomance: MayDecemberRomance:
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Played with Benjamin and Daisy as while they may look vastly different ages, Benjamin is actually only a few years older than Daisy. The implied May-December Romance progresses into a July-October, then an October-July, then December-May romance. But while Benjamin's body ages backwards, his mind still ages forwards, so he and Daisy, born around the same time, are always the same age "in spirit". Nevertheless, the only time that they really get intimate is the period in which they meet in the middle.



* OppositesAttract: Elizabeth is a rather pompous ProperLady from England. Benjamin is a down-to-earth SouthernGentleman. They fall in love for a while.



* RomanticFalseLead: Elizabeth, who Benjamin meets in Russia. She's his first proper romance, but she leaves their hotel one night without explanation.



* SecondLove: [[spoiler: After Benjamin left, Daisy found romance with a new man, and it's implied they had a happy life]].



%%* WhamLine: ''"I'm pregnant."''

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%%* * WhamLine: ''"I'm pregnant."''"'' And it's not long after this that it's revealed [[spoiler: Benjamin was Caroline's father]].
8th Dec '17 1:51:26 PM Mdumas43073
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4th Dec '17 1:25:35 AM EbrithilBowser
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* ManChild: In his early years, Benjamin is an old man with the mind of a child. After an adult phase where his real and perceived age meet in the middle, it becomes the other way round.
18th Oct '17 1:54:06 AM The12thDoctor
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!!This film provides examples of:

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!!This film provides !!''The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'' contains examples of:
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23rd Aug '17 10:24:49 AM Gosicrystal
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* ShownTheirWork: Daisy talks about Agnes de Mille on her date with Benjamin. When he goes to see her performing, the show she's dancing in is ''{{Theatre/Carousel}}''. The sequence is the dream ballet, which was indeed choreographed by Agnes de Mille.
23rd Aug '17 10:22:41 AM Gosicrystal
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* BrickJoke: Elizabeth. She talks about how she tried to swim the English Channel once but wasn't able to, and that she never tried again. [[spoiler:She disappears from the hotel leaving only a vague note to apparently never be seen again. Then, much later on in the film, Benjamin sees her being interviewed on TV. What is she being interviewed for? Being the oldest person to swim the English Channel. (One of the film's main themes is how one can never be too old or too young to live your life.)]]
** Also, the whole aside with Monsieur Gateau and his backwards-running clock at the beginning of the movie could be seen as this, as it seems to be just the ramblings of an old woman on her deathbed and appears to have no relevance to the main plot [[spoiler:until the end when we see the clock again and it's ''implied'' that it may have had something to do with Benjamin's condition.]]

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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
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Elizabeth. She talks about how she tried to swim the English Channel once but wasn't able to, and that she never tried again. [[spoiler:She disappears from the hotel leaving only a vague note to apparently never be seen again. Then, much later on in the film, Benjamin sees her being interviewed on TV. What is she being interviewed for? Being the oldest person to swim the English Channel. (One of the film's main themes is how one can never be too old or too young to live your life.)]]
** Also, the The whole aside with Monsieur Gateau and his backwards-running clock at the beginning of the movie could be seen as this, as it seems to be just the ramblings of an old woman on her deathbed and appears to have no relevance to the main plot [[spoiler:until the end when we see the clock again and it's ''implied'' that it may have had something to do with Benjamin's condition.]]



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Benjamin and Daisy.

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* %%* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Benjamin and Daisy.



* ComputerGeneratedImages: Surprisingly, used sparingly and very successfully. They're mostly used (along with makeup and prostethic effects) to age ''and'' de-age various members of the cast as the events of the movie take place during such a large timescale. For example, Cate Blanchett plays Daisy from when she's in her early 20's to her 80's, and Brad Pitt as Benjamin does the same but in reverse. See DigitalHeadSwap below.

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* ComputerGeneratedImages: Surprisingly, used sparingly and very successfully. They're mostly used (along with makeup and prostethic effects) to age ''and'' de-age various members of the cast as the events of the movie take place during such a large timescale. For example, Cate Blanchett plays Daisy from when she's in her early 20's to her 80's, and Brad Pitt as Benjamin does the same but in reverse. See DigitalHeadSwap below.



--> '''Benjamin:''' "I'm gonna take you home with me. I wanna look after you."
--> '''Daisy:''' "I'm not going back to New Orleans."
--> '''Benjamin:''' "I'll stay here in Paris."
--> '''Daisy:''' "Don't you understand, I don't want your help! I know I'm feeling sorry for myself, but I don't want to be with you... I tried to tell you that in New York, ''you don't'' listen."
--> '''Benjamin:''' "You might change your mind."
--> '''Daisy:''' "We are not little children anymore, Benjamin. Just... stay out of my life!"

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--> '''Benjamin:''' "I'm I'm gonna take you home with me. I wanna look after you."
you.
--> '''Daisy:''' "I'm I'm not going back to New Orleans."
Orleans.
--> '''Benjamin:''' "I'll I'll stay here in Paris."
Paris.
--> '''Daisy:''' "Don't Don't you understand, I don't want your help! I know I'm feeling sorry for myself, but I don't want to be with you... I tried to tell you that in New York, ''you don't'' listen."
listen.
--> '''Benjamin:''' "You You might change your mind."
mind.
--> '''Daisy:''' "We We are not little children anymore, Benjamin. Just... stay out of my life!"life!



* EpicMovie: It runs just short of 3 hours, spans nearly 100 years, had a budget of around $150 million, has battle scenes and exotic locales, a huge cast, and was nominated for ''13 oscars'', winning 3 of them. Epic, indeed.
** And it has a suitably [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgceF99kSs8&index=1&list=PLE1232195C3DC4F17 epic and beautiful score]] by Creator/AlexandreDesplat to boot.

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* EpicMovie: It runs just short of 3 hours, spans nearly 100 years, had a budget of around $150 million, has battle scenes and exotic locales, a huge cast, and was nominated for ''13 oscars'', winning 3 of them. Epic, indeed.
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indeed. And it has a suitably [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgceF99kSs8&index=1&list=PLE1232195C3DC4F17 epic and beautiful score]] by Creator/AlexandreDesplat to boot.



* OlderThanTheyLook: By the end of the movie, Benjamin is [[spoiler:a senior citizen with dementia inhabiting the body of a small child]] (radically older than he looks). [[YoungerThanTheyLook The opposite]] happens at the beginning of his life.



-->'''Benjamin:''' "She was a girl when I left, and a woman had taken her place. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen."

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-->'''Benjamin:''' "She She was a girl when I left, and a woman had taken her place. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen."



* [[SweetHomeAlabama Sweet Home Louisiana]]: A majority of the film is set in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans during a timescale that spans most of the 20th century and it completely avoids the negative DeepSouth portrayal found in some works, instead portraying a rather idealised version of the city where black people and white people largely live peacefully together and [[SacredHospitality Southern Hospitality]] is in abundance. The only part of the film that shows an even slightly dark side of the city is when Captain Mike takes Benjamin to the RedLightDistrict, but even then it's portrayed as being the liberal version of the trope than the pitiful or hostile version. Perhaps a JustifiedTrope as the events of the film are narrated by Benjamin himself and seen through his eyes and he led a fairly sheltered life growing up due to his condition so he may be something of an UnreliableNarrator.

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* [[SweetHomeAlabama Sweet Home Louisiana]]: SweetHomeAlabama: A majority of the film is set in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans during a timescale that spans most of the 20th century and it completely avoids the negative DeepSouth portrayal found in some works, instead portraying a rather idealised version of the city where black people and white people largely live peacefully together and [[SacredHospitality Southern Hospitality]] is in abundance. The only part of the film that shows an even slightly dark side of the city is when Captain Mike takes Benjamin to the RedLightDistrict, but even then it's portrayed as being the liberal version of the trope than the pitiful or hostile version. Perhaps a JustifiedTrope as the events of the film are narrated by Benjamin himself and seen through his eyes and he led a fairly sheltered life growing up due to his condition so he may be something of an UnreliableNarrator.



* VictoriousChildhoodFriend / UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Daisy is a weird mix of the two.



* WhamLine: ''"I'm pregnant."''

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* %%* WhamLine: ''"I'm pregnant."''



* YoungerThanTheyLook / OlderThanTheyLook: By large and obvious amounts, Benjamin is his own weird mix of these two. He starts out as an elderly looking man-child (a lot younger than he looks) and by the end is [[spoiler:a senior citizen with dementia inhabiting the body of a small child (radically older than he looks).]]

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* YoungerThanTheyLook / OlderThanTheyLook: By large and obvious amounts, YoungerThanTheyLook: Benjamin is his own weird mix of these two. He starts out as an elderly looking man-child (a lot younger than he looks) and by looks), but ends as [[OlderThanTheyLook the end is [[spoiler:a senior citizen with dementia inhabiting the body of a small child (radically older than he looks).]]opposite]].
15th Jul '17 1:16:47 PM nombretomado
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* WorldWarII: Benjamin and the rest of the ''Chelsea'' crew take part in it as part of a salvage unit tasked with towing crippled or damaged ships into friendly ports.
26th May '17 10:16:45 PM WhiteRoseSamurai
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* ForWantOfANail: Benjamin describes the events leading up to [[spoiler: Daisy's CareerEndingInjury]] as such, musing that if even one thing had happened differently, [[spoiler she wouldn't have gotten hit by the taxi.]]

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* ForWantOfANail: Benjamin describes the events leading up to [[spoiler: Daisy's CareerEndingInjury]] as such, musing that if even one thing had happened differently, [[spoiler [[spoiler: she wouldn't have gotten hit by the taxi.]]
26th May '17 10:16:26 PM WhiteRoseSamurai
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* ForWantOfANail: Benjamin describes the events leading up to Daisy's CareerEndingInjury as such, musing that if even one thing had happened differently, she wouldn't have gotten hit by the taxi.

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* ForWantOfANail: Benjamin describes the events leading up to [[spoiler: Daisy's CareerEndingInjury CareerEndingInjury]] as such, musing that if even one thing had happened differently, [[spoiler she wouldn't have gotten hit by the taxi.]]
26th May '17 10:15:05 PM WhiteRoseSamurai
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* ForWantOfANail: Benjamin describes the events leading up to Daisy's CareerEndingInjury as such, musing that if even one thing had happened differently, she wouldn't have gotten hit by the taxi.
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