Speaking of David Fincher‘s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount, 11.26.08), a longtime HE reader and sometime correspondent wrote a few days ago about a very early reaction to this adaptation of an F.Scott Fitzgerald story which costars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton with a script by Eric Roth:
“A friend of my wife’s who is a costume designer was back in Pittsburgh visiting family over the holidays. During her visit we were discussing interesting projects she is or will be working on, and she said she’s unequivocally excited about her latest film — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
“Top to bottom she said the set and production was a dream, that both David FIncher and Brad Pitt were consummate professionals, and that the script was top-notch — the only script she can recall making her cry, she said. She added that the look and scope of design of the film while ambitious is also intricate and exacting
“Furthermore, she mentioned that some of the sequences they saw that had been edited were absolutely stunning. Her desciption of the mood of those who worked on it is that of bated breath — a near universal belief that they have made an outstanding and moving film, one that transcends and one they wish not to jinx by too much loose talk.
“I take this with more than a passing interest as she has worked on Traffic, all of the Ocean’s movies, Solaris and Miami Viceone of the highlights of her career.”