I have watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button movie after having read the book beforehand and Good God, the feels were intense. I was so blown away by it and completely out of words. My emotions were all over the place.
This is easily one of the best stories I know of.
Just, how can such an astonishingly brilliant tale not be known so much. Seriously, it upsets me. It needs more hype and recognition. I mean, who the hell cares about freaking Bella Swan from sappy Twilight when you get have a southern Brad Pitt that ages backwards? Come on!
For starters, the book had its moments. I thought the writing was absolutely amazing and found the story line interesting and very unique. It was something, to say the least. I was so pleased with it and rated it a definite 5 stars and was like, okay now I’m so ready to watch the movie. And then BAAAAM, it hit me like a ton of bricks. The movie was hundreds and thousands and millions of times better than the book. So many changes in the story occurred and made it better and better and I was struck by how brilliant it all was. I may or may not have cried like a baby throughout the whole thing. Seriously, every time I try to explain it, I have extreme difficulty trying to find the right words. You just have to trust me on this. Go watch it. This is the first time I actually say this but it doesn’t matter if you don’t read the book, just go watch it. I don’t think there ever was a time I preferred a movie over a book, but this time I definitely do.
Quotes from the movie:
“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 courage to start all over again.”
“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”
“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed, is you.”
“You can be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went, you can curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.”
“Benjamin, we’re meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are to us?”
“Life can only be understood looking backward. It must be lived forward.”
“She taught me to play the piano, and what it meant to miss somebody.”
I give this movie/book: ★★★★★
I just love this story so much. It warms my little heart in every way.