Friday, June 19, 2009

Benjamin Button

Oh, how times have changed! Nowadays, Friday nights involve watching the latest from Netflix. But, I suppose it's just as well.

Tonight's feature was last year's best picture, according to the folks over at the Academy Awards. And, I suppose, they know what they're talking about.

But, did ye socks know "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is an adaptation of an old F. Scott FitzGerald short story?

Yep, it was. Written back in 1921.

I don't often say this, but the film is better than the book . . . er short story . . . in this case.

The original kicked off in Baltimore back in 1860, with a baby born speaking perfect English and sporting a long white beard.

The film version, however, is set in New Orleans, and begins with a victory celebration following the First World War. Also, the curious newborn neither speaks nor sports a beard.

The overarching theme, however, is the same . . . just better related on screen than in FitzGerald's prose.

Check it out for yourselves, and have a good weekend!

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