Must Watch: David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Trailer!

June 17, 2008
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Trailer

The very first trailer for David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has finally debuted online! This first played in front of showings of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, so I'm sure most people have at least seen it once, but you must watch it again. This is undeniably one of the greatest trailers I've ever seen in my entire life. It's up there with the first trailer for 300. The best part is that I believe this will also turn out to be a phenomenal film. If you need a refresher, go back and read this post that I wrote back in January. David Fincher is an amazing director and I think we might finally see his masterpiece this December. From Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button and Cate Blanchett as Daisy to David Fincher and screenwriter Eric Roth, everything about this is absolutely perfect.

I first wrote about this trailer after it debuted, and have since come to appreciate it even more. It's definitely a piece of art and I think it only goes to show how phenomenal the film will eventually be. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has shot to the top of my most anticipated list and I will be following it very closely throughout the next few months. Please let us know what you think of the trailer!

Watch the first trailer for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:

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You can also watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button trailer in High Definition on Apple

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is directed by visionary filmmaker David Fincher, of Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, and Zodiac previously. The screenplay was penned by Eric Roth, of Forrest Gump, The Horse Whisperer, Spielberg's Munich, and The Good Shepherd. The film was adapted from a short story written by legendary writer F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1922. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button arrives in theaters everywhere on December 19th this Christmas.

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Looks amazing. I can't wait to see it.

C. on Jun 17, 2008


No doubt the film's going to be great, but that's a pretty standard trailer; far from 'a work of art'.

Peter Gasston on Jun 17, 2008


I have been building this film up in my head for so long now and am really excited with the first glimpse that we have been given. If anyone is curious, the music in the trailer is the "Aquarium" movement from The Carnival of the Animals suite by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Jonathan on Jun 17, 2008


I dunno.. I apparently am the only one who thinks this movie looks awful.

CSpuppydog on Jun 17, 2008


Fantastic consept 🙂 Trailer ain't that bad either...

Enola on Jun 17, 2008


I'm excited. Looks like an Academy nod is in order!!

Fisherman on Jun 17, 2008


david fincher is going to win an oscar, and i think brad as well.

Drake on Jun 17, 2008


brad sounds ridiculous everytime he tries to pull an accent,he'll have done one great "substance" role before he dies but this is not it.Cate Blanchett looks radiant,and the set design (or what we see of it in the trailer) looks gorgeous.

twispious on Jun 17, 2008


the music for the trailer sounds very familiar...

wm on Jun 17, 2008


The first time I saw the trailer infront of Indiana Jones it gave me chills. I think this will be the best movie of the year and win best picture at the Oscars next year, not that I have high expectations or anything.

Dylan on Jun 17, 2008


woah goosebumps and chills to the max it looks absolutely incredible, and is now second after The Dark Knight as my Most Anticipated Movie of the year! Many oscar noms it will receive...Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Make-up, and probably Best Director, and possibly Best Picture.

Keith on Jun 17, 2008


I'm fascinated by this film, the eerie feeling you get while watching it, even at the end of the trailer where it show's the old woman kissing the little boy, was amazing. I've read the short story is was adapted from and it is weird and creepy and some what heart warming.

Xerxex on Jun 17, 2008


Anybody else think he looks like Jon Voight in the pic up above? Kinda funny or ironic or something. Don't think I need to explain why.

Justin on Jun 17, 2008


It is odd to say this, but I hope they don't release another trailer. There is no way they can make a second one more amazing, beautiful, and eerie as this one. This is the most perfect trailer I have ever seen.

Walter on Jun 17, 2008


Like Fincher's past work and this looks like a very unique film and concept. I'm intrigued...

Boo-Yah on Jun 17, 2008


yes, they shouldn't put out any more new trailers, this one is perfect. This trialer might just be the best thing since sliced bread.

dac_fan on Jun 17, 2008


Wonderful trailer, but I agree that Pitt's accent sounds horrid.

Tom on Jun 17, 2008


It looks like a good movie and Fincher is a fabulous director, but Oscar predictions from a trailer?? Come on, folks.

Neil on Jun 17, 2008


Alex, I don't get you sometimes, you write a long column about movie trailers showing too much of a movie...and now you're saying this trailer is the best one youve ever seen in your whole life. We saw maybe over 100 scenes in one trailer. What's it gonna be man??

EFEL on Jun 17, 2008


oooh... a little creeped out at the end... but beautifully shot, I agree. The song was perfect.

cyn on Jun 17, 2008


This trailer gives me chills. If there was an award for trailers (and why the hell isn't there) this one should be in the running. I love that there are only two lines spoken in the entire thing. The music is beautiful, the shots are pehnomenal, I can't wait to see this.

Icarus on Jun 17, 2008


I admire Finch, I admire Pitt, I admire Blanchett... And yes, this is one of the best trailers I've seen in my life...This movie goes side by side with TDK ; )) 2008. Rules!!!

m4st4 on Jun 18, 2008


Sry. Dont know if it is Brad or the terrible make-up but a 70 year old Brad looks ridiculous. Reminds me of the horrid make-up they hade in Back to the Future 2. Im gonna watch this anyway since I am a fan of FInch but I just hope Cate Blanchet doesnt make one of her patented stares into the horizon as she does numerous times in every single flick she makes.

shige on Jun 18, 2008


It LOOKS cool, but you never know.

Minic on Jun 18, 2008


The music sounds like a bit "Harry Potter"?

Snooze on Jun 18, 2008


Fantastic!!! David Fincher is such gold!! This is without doubt Oscar bait too... Nice to see Brad in a serious role again.

Dom on Jun 18, 2008


now that looks proper cool!!

mikey on Jun 18, 2008


#19 - To answer your question... My complaint had to do with seeing too much footage overall, not specifically from one trailer to the next. As in, I feel like the footage I saw in this trailer was so quick and so disconnected that I don't feel the movie is ruined in the slightest. But Iron Man, Hulk, and Speed Racer, I'd seen every fight/race/action scene in the many many trailers/clips that'd be release that nothing felt new or surprising. The reason why I think this trailer is brilliant is because of the minimal use of dialogue, the short, quick cuts from scene to scene, the wonderful score, and so on. I really have no clue what to expect and am even more anxious to see the film after this. In fact, I am even more curious to see what all of the scenes mean from this trailer than anything! This really is a perfect trailer...

Alex Billington on Jun 18, 2008


Artisticful...the music, the scenes, the reaction on their faces makes me want to see what this movie has to offer...

Triston on Jun 18, 2008


I was in the movie as an extra down here in New Orleans so our anticipation level is very high. I met David Fincher on set and he is a perfectionist and took great care shooting this movie.

Hutch on Jun 18, 2008


I don't think this looks like my thing at all either.

Richard on Jun 18, 2008


I love it!

Matt on Jun 18, 2008


Wow. Perfect trailer. Saw it last night and started thinking logistically about it, and really looking forward to it. The beginning scenes with him as an old man are kinda creepy, but in a good way. I just like the whole backwards and forwards thing. It'll be a little weird when a 9-year-old Cate Blanchett is flirting with some 81-year-old Brad Pitt, since they're both the same "age." I really like those simple tories where you go through one's life. Before seeing the trailer, I was thinking it would be something along the lines of "Jack" with Robin Williams, but Fincher is capable. I think this will be epic and about the human condition. I can't remember the last time I was so excited about a movie. The greatest trailers of my life have only shown me glimpses of the movie.

The Brain on Jun 18, 2008


That IS a good looking trailer. If you ask me, the best part is that Alex believes this will also turn out to be a phenomenal film. His belief is always as important as the work itself.

M. on Jun 18, 2008


I'm pumped

Josh on Jun 18, 2008


This kind of has the same feel of meet joe black and liminey splickets. I think this looks fantastic, Yeah EFFL is right when he says he saw 100 scenes but what did you see man. What did they say, can you pinpoint a specific conversation? Im with you alex i got what you meant Bro, Just keep the good trailers coming.

THERBLIG on Jun 18, 2008


this movie looks good!

ray on Jun 18, 2008


Wow Pitt looks like Robert Redford in the trailer. Snooze your right it does sound like Harry Potter

SHANE D on Jun 18, 2008


Looks very interesting. Are there any films similar to this one? With the character growing younger?

website design on Jun 18, 2008


I love the trailer!!! Can't wait to see this.

kenn on Jun 18, 2008


Doesn't look interesting at all.

Jack on Jun 18, 2008


this is interesting... definitely will watch this...

miracle disease on Jun 18, 2008


this does look pretty good - i just hope its not 3 hrs long. doy

nomad on Jun 18, 2008


I can't make up my mind about this. Sometimes I think it looks really interesting and other times I'm too creeped out by the visuals. Love the music.

Janet on Jun 18, 2008


It's an interesting idea, but I'm not completely and all out loving it.

jman571 on Jun 18, 2008


Another mainstream movie. I could not care less about Hollywood.

Chantale on Jun 18, 2008


Mind blowing NO....interesting...YES..... Brad Pitt kills it for me. American actors can never pull of accents as well as foriegn actors (ie Russell Crowe) and Brad Pitt is the poster boy for mediocre and incosistent performances.... I'll wait til DVD in April 09.....gross maybe 74 million US

lib4 on Jun 18, 2008


best movie trailer i have ever seen.

hey on Jun 18, 2008


I'm going to call it early: Come Academy Award time this will be the Best Film of the Year. Just on a visual level: Wow!

bb6634 on Jun 19, 2008


Definitely a calling movie, looks really good. BUT, the trailer? I really really can't see where your excitement comes from when watching this trailer, much less the fact that you called a work of art; it's far from it. It's a pretty simple, standard trailer, and as usual gives too much away. Trailers should be sticking to what they were meant to be in the first place: teasers, not previews that when you go and actually see the film, you already saw half of it on the previews.

s on Jun 19, 2008


This movie looks really interesting. Cant wait.

C on Jun 19, 2008


Why go see the movie? The trailer gives away the whole story.

ron fontes on Jun 19, 2008


LOL ... I love comments like Chantale's - "Another mainstream movie. I could not care less about Hollywood." Then what in the HELL are you doing on a site with the tagline "Connecting Hollywood with it's audience"? If you're a troll, that's one thing, but if you actually frequent this site ... wow. Go find yourself a sub-titled French "film" you douche.

Tony on Jun 19, 2008


Generally trailers don't do anything for me at all, but there is something about this one that makes me want to go in a coma until dec. 19th so I can hurry up and watch this.

Butters on Jun 19, 2008


F. Scott Fitzgerald, David Fincher and Brad Pitt Duo, how can anyone not want to see the rest?

dustyman1505 on Jun 20, 2008


If anyone can pull a movie off like this, it's B-Rad! Great concept for a movie, look's really interesting. Can't wait to see it.

Bodean on Jun 20, 2008


Se7en, Zodiac Wow... i might sound like i've been living under a stone but i never knew the common thread untill now... the guy's brilliant... and then when u mentioned eric roth, it all made sense i can see a bit of everything from forrest gump to munich to the good sheppard in the trailer... i absolutely adore cate blanchet... i think she is one of the greatest actresses of present age... and brad pitt's acting chops have always been underestimated... this might just turn the tide in his favour... the movie look stunning really looking forward to seeing it...

Viral on Jun 21, 2008


That trailer didn't do much of anything for me. Looks like a weird movie.

eugene on Jun 22, 2008


I'm glad I didn't see this in the theater, because when the final scene came up, I started sobbing uncontrollably. I don't know what that was about, but that is some powerful stuff.

Max D. on Jun 25, 2008


brad is the most dramatic actor in the world. he is the best in this area of acting. and in his roles he is serious. oscar this time surelly.

fayiz on Jul 3, 2008


It looks like they played all their cards in the trailer; seems a bit predictable, but i could be wrong. also, i agree with an earlier comment - it looks terrible. i mean, really. who cares.

Daniel on Jul 6, 2008


Although the music in the trailer is the "Aquarium" movement from The Carnival of the Animals suite by Camille Saint-Saëns. I thought I would point out that the voices you hear singing in the middle of the piece is a choir called Libera singing Lacrymosa. see

Tom Boing on Jul 10, 2008


It must have been an absolute bitch for his mom to give birth to him as a fully grown, old man. XD

Chelsea on Jul 15, 2008


Oh ..holy mother of Jesus...this looks like a Tim Burton film..even the BG Score...

aroop on Jul 19, 2008


its been said before but i'll say it again: the plot seems contrived, and the entire movie is layed out in the trailer. i only care enough to post my disapproval

ok on Jul 23, 2008


and one more thing: "the curious case of benjamin button" most quaintly pathetic excuse for a title ever.

ok on Jul 23, 2008


It is completely hilarious when people state that the entire movie is laid out in the trailer. Don't we know the ending to most of the movies that we see? It is the journey from start to finish, something called the story and or plot is what makes ithe movie intersting. The directors and editors that are able to tell a fascinating story are the ones that make the film worth seeing (eventhough you know the ending).

Kelli on Jul 27, 2008


This movie looks really good, good enough for me to post I suppose.

max power on Jul 29, 2008


Just saw a test screening last night a tthe Paramount lot. It was AMAZING. We did not know what film we were going to see until it started, so obviously we were not expecting much. Even with the standard, it's still a work in progress, sound may not be balanced, effects not finished, disclaimer before it ran, this was brilliant. It is one of the best dramas I have ever seen. The story unfolds masterfully, weaving their lives together. Everyone growing up/old except Benjamin. The isolation of age is balanced with the physical freedom of youth. I will pay to see this again. I do not tthink it is to far a stretch to say Oscar buzz.

D2Q on Aug 6, 2008


Fincher best director ever! Hitchcock is funny Spilberg too 1Fincher, 2 Zemeckis, 3Linch, 4Kubrick thats it. the movie is too good the zodiac was one of the bes movie i ever seen.

martin on Sep 12, 2008


the zodiac was one of the bes movie i ever seen i like it more than Schindler list and Titanic

martin on Sep 12, 2008


WOW! It is seems like a very very interesting movie. Probably the # 1 best Brad Pitt movie of all..past, present and future. I was getting chills and goosebumps while watching the trailer. It also seemed like an Oscar buzz. I can't wait to see it.

Vivi on Sep 29, 2008


The trailer looks good. The train scene is what Im concerned with Because I was on it... Although I cant see myself Im in the middle of the car. I hope it stays in

John on Sep 29, 2008


i too think that this was one of the most captivating trailers, loved every bit of it. The music in the trailer was perfect, does anybody know the name of the piece or who its by?

alex on Oct 11, 2008


i think this movie is going to be better than TRASFORFORMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH YA I DONT CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY

emily on Nov 25, 2008


I want to know the name of the song used on the trailer. Nice song!

Homar on Dec 9, 2008


What is the music in trailer? I listened to camille saint-saens 'aquarium', also the last track on 'benjamin..' soundtrack and both are quite different. Version with chorus, like in trailer is much better...

wkwm on Dec 11, 2008


You can watch it streaming online free at: or visit: to watch all the movies currently in theater right now, completely free. Enjoy!

jake on Dec 29, 2008


Amazing movie i saw it today and it was a heartbreaking movie s sad!!!!!

Laura on Jan 1, 2009


woow that was freaky asif your born old

lewis on Feb 9, 2009


please someone. what is the name of the song playing?

beth on Mar 1, 2009


music title is lacrymosa, sung by Libera

jake on May 9, 2009

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