I think many people that first saw the trailer for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" noticed the many similarities between it and "Forrest Gump." Now, Funny or Die has put together a video to show all those similarities. Check it out below.
Based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" tells the story of an elderly man who ages backwards. At the age of 50, he falls in love with a 30-year-old woman and then must come to terms with the relationship as they literally grow in opposite directions.
At this point "Benjamin Button" has earned over $100 million domestically, but still has a little more to go before it makes back its $150 million budget. Hopefully the Oscar buzz will help.
BobMcBobwrites: on January 19th, 2009 at 3:51:52 PM
haven't you heard of overseas box office, worldwide dvd sales and rentals, and TV merchandising?
a film doesn't make it's budget from just the domestic box office; plus the budget you report doesn't take into account the tax incentives
WV-Filmswrites: on January 19th, 2009 at 4:34:21 PM
"without the AIDS" lol classic.
Schwastedwrites: on January 19th, 2009 at 4:52:58 PM
Actually Bob, plenty of movies easily make their budgets back with domestic box office. But for Fincher's history it is a massive increase. Now that clip was really funny and I think that if the movie stuck even more closely to the screenplay he wrote people would've seen more similarities. I prefer Zodiac and Fight Club but I thought the visual effects were awesome. And the writing was good.
BobMcBobwrites: on January 19th, 2009 at 5:26:21 PM
Schwasted, studios only keep about 55% of a film's box office take; plus you have to take into account marketing costs for worldwide distribution; rarely ever does a domestic box office take cover all costs
WAFFLE MANwrites: on January 19th, 2009 at 6:01:30 PM
I don't want to get you CCBB fans out there hyped the movie was good,but you must face the true. Nothing that interesting happend during the course of Benjamins life compared to the exciting moments in Forrest Gump. And the ending of CCBB was WRONG!! Anybody who can't see that would not make a good scriptwriter.
Mr.Purplewrites: on January 19th, 2009 at 7:01:30 PM
but... wasn't the Benjamin Button short story written BEFORE the Forrest Gump novel?
minkowskiwrites: on January 19th, 2009 at 10:50:02 PM
"Anybody who can't see that would not make a good scriptwriter." And yet, CCOBB is a success, and so was that little known writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, who ended his 1921 story, well before Gump was stuttering about, with Button becoming a baby and all the world in his mind going dark. I haven't seen the film, but I assume it ended similarily? So, are you claiming Fitzgerald is a bad writer, or are you arguing that CCOB should have ended in sime other fashion, perhaps more upbeat? Perhaps at the last minute a Doc Brown type character rushes in and yells at Button "you've got to come with me, back to the future!", and then promptly reverses Benjamin's geriatrically challenged existence. Anyway, not every film needs a happy conclusion that ties up every issue and dovetails every conflict into a clean, tight happy ending.
I thought just exactly what i've just seen when i watched B.B. cuz a friend asked me what BB was like and i thought of a similar movie and i came up with Forrest Gump which is much better than BB if u ask me. Guys since we are a closed community here i admit than Forrest Gump made me cry.... really and BB didnt so - but it was a great movie in spite i can really tell u to go and watch it its worth it