The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, and Tilda Swinton. Directed by David Fincher. Written by Eric Roth, based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Rated PG-13. 168 minutes.
Mostly, the film is an orgy of excess in which Fincher, armed with a huge budget, some of the best technicians in the business, and every available brush in the digital paintbox, indulges his passion for luxuriant image-making with little regard for whether the story merits (or can withstand) such grandiose treatment. "All I have is my story," Benjamin tells us in voice-over early on in the film. The true worth of any story, though, lies in the telling, and some stories aren't worth telling in the first place. Life, after all, is too short.