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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer…


I saw this trailer before I saw the film, and I worried then that it gives away too much of the story. The truth is, though, that the premise of the film — a man is born old and gets younger as he ages — pretty much gives away the story anyway. And it turns out that there’s a lot more to enjoying the movie than simply knowing the premise — or viewing this trailer — in advance. So you rest assured, if you’re one of those oddballs, like me, who prefers that trailers not spoil an entire movie, that this one does not ruin the experience. (Apparently most people want to know the whole story before they see a movie, which is bizarre. But it’s why so many trailers do give away so much.)

Benjamin Button is based on a novella by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which sets Benjamin’s life story in the era between the Civil War and the Jazz Age (the movie updates it, setting his life between World War I and today). I just discovered today, via Very Short List, that there’s a new graphic novel version of that novella that preserves the original tale. It looks intriguing:

I think it’s safe to assume that reading this will also not spoil the film for you. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel is available at Amazon U.S. and Amazon U.K.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button opens wide in the U.S. on December 25; opens in the U.K. on January 23, 2009.



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  • Mark

    Apparently most people want to know the whole story before they see a movie, which is bizarre. But it’s why so many trailers do give away so much.

    I have enjoyed movies far, far more when I’ve known as little as possible about the movie going in. I managed to scrupulously avoid seeing a single frame of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ahead of time, and had a total blast when I saw it. And there have been many. many movies that my wife and I have decided not to see after the trailer has essentially laid out the entire movie for us.

  • Joey

    I just want to point people too, and give props to the 30 second TV spot that I’ve been seeing for this, which is pretty much exactly what I want in a movie trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL_32ywcSoq

    Of course it doesn’t hurt that it features one of my very favorite songs of 2007, the Arcade Fire’s “My Body is a Cage”.

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