Benjamin Gump

» This afternoon, in an attempt to distract myself from missing Mandi*, I went to the Curious Case of Benjamin Gump with my parents.

Sorry, that should read: Benjamin Button. How could I get confused? Forrest Gump was a story of a life-long romance between a gentle, unique man-child with an affliction and an emotionally damaged woman where circumstances keeps them apart for most of there lives then for a short time they come together, produce a child, and are pulled apart again – all against the backdrop of 20th century american history and some clever CG effects.

Benjamin Button, on the other hand, is the story of a life-long romance between a gentle, unique man-child with an affliction and an emotionally damaged woman where circumstances keeps them apart for most of there lives then for a short time they come together, produce a child, and are pulled apart again – all against the backdrop of 20th century american history and some clever CG effects.

Forrest Gump had a few other key elements such as a catch-phrase ("Life is a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get") whereas Benjamin Button instead has a memetic phrase ("You never know what’s coming for you"). Another element Gump also bore was the motif of the white feather. Button didn’t have a white feather and had to make do with a hummingbird instead. Another striking difference is that Gump meets, over the course of his life, a series of colourful characters who provide him with insightful life-lessons. In contrast, Button is provided with insightful life-lessons during the course of his life by a series of colourful characters. Also Button, being mistaken for a man when still a child, offers simple, child-like observations which is taken at face value and regarded as sage wisdom. Gump, a mentally challenged man, is instead characterized by his simple, child-like observations which is taken at face value and regarded as sage wisdom.

One thing the Curious Case of Forrest Button did not suffer from was bearing any similarities to movies which came before as it is clearly an entirely original exploration of the human condition (by Eric Roth, writer of Forrest Gump). Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what’s coming for you. Truer words never spoken.

[*watching a movie about separated lovers isn’t the best thing to take you mind off of the lover you’re separated from.]

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2 Responses to Benjamin Gump

  1. Anonymous says:

    Funnily enough …

    Funnily enough, the short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald that “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is based on was written in 1921, 67 years before the novel “Forrest Gump” by Winston Groom was published.

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