“Benjamin Button” pro-life and pro-death, but in a good way?

I’ve been catching up on movies lately.

Mostly I’ve been renting films that I missed last year (“The Visitor,” “Dark Knight,” “In the Valley of Elah” — all definitely worth the rental, though a bit depressing to watch in close sequence). In theaters, I appreciated “Frost/Nixon” for the entertaining back story on the first political scandal I followed in the news, and I am anxious for more friends to see “Doubt” to be able to discuss it.

So I was interested in this take on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” that I saw in the Catholic New World, the Chicago archdiocesan newspaper, by Sister Helena Burns, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul.

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is a pro-death movie. Let me explain. We’re all terminal. We’re all dying. And “CCBB” says that’s OK. Death isn’t glorified or dressed up pretty (because, as one of the Fathers of the Church said, “death is a cosmic obscenity”). Death is just is what it is, a member of the human family. Not banished, not locked up, not thrown in the river. Death has its place at the table of life and is mentioned, talked of, thought of, expected, accepted.

“CCBB” is also a pro-life fairy tale. The characters are in each other’s keep. They take care of each other whether they’re white or black, young or old, healthy or deformed. Irregular babies and messy old people all belong and are loved by someone.

She goes on to flesh out those points, making the film sound like I’ll move it from “maybe” to the “must see” list.

2 Responses

  1. Hello and thanks for mentioning my review of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” My full, rambling review is on my blog: http://www.hellburns.blogspot.com. This movie is incredible and very rich. However, as you will see in my full review, I also have a few caveats that might be of interest to you.
    God bless your 2009!
    Sr. Helena Burns, fsp

  2. Incidentally, my review of “Doubt” is also on my blog.

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