Calling The Curious Case of Benjamin Button “a classic for the ages,” Lou Lumenik chooses to forgo critiquing the movie in terms of biomedical probability and decides instead to go along for the dazzling immersive ride:
Once in a while, I get swept up in a movie. At a certain point in David Fincher’s sublime romantic epic “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” I just dropped my pen and waited to see what wondrous thing would happen next. It takes a world-class storyteller and a great yarn to rivet your attention for nearly three hours. This very classy, old-school movie – employing cutting-edge technology that will make your eyes pop – did it for me.
…This is a movie deeply concerned with physical decay, death and loss, but also the opportunities and challenges they present… It’s a very rare movie whose sheer charm, craft and powerful emotional undercurrent disarm critical objections.
Obviously, not everybody is going to feel the same way. But what kind of person wouldn’t hope to?