Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Directed by David Fincher. In cinemas February 6. MY THOUGHTS BEFORE Honestly now, the completion of the Fincher/Pitt trilogy is enough to make anyone salivate like an uncut male dog at Crufts. It began with the haunting Seven (or Se7en for pedantic types), that marked David Fincher down as a director to look out for (after the particularly drab Alien 3). It also placed Brad Pitt in a serious role that didn't completely rely on his looks. It was an almost comic book tale, Sin City-like, that had a classic twist and visuals to die for. Next up was, in my opinion, the ultimate Brad Pitt movie - style, modern and based on a book they proclaimed was near unfilmable. But he pulled it off, and although at first a seeming box office flop (though, to be fair, it was released at the same time as The Matrix, Phantom Menace and... the new Adam Sandler hit movie!) it later conquered the charts on its release on DVD. Pitt's role as Tyler Durden, now one of the coolest movie characters ever, was suave, gritty and unforgettable - and now, ten years later, the trilogy completes. The final movie is, the trailer would suggest, rather different from the gritty, modern yarns that the first two told. Based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, though reading the Wikipedia article suggests that only the title, main protagonist's name and the whole ageing backwards thing actually stuck it through to the final script. As well as Pitt playing Benjamin Button, it also stars Cate Blanchett (the whole spelling her first name with a 'C' instead of a 'K' still annoys me), and the countless movie posters that have dominated the tubes and bus stops suggest she plays a pretty massive role. Oh, and with thirteen Oscar nominations, the most for any movie this year, this looks like it could be something special. AFTERWARDS Dear me, that was long. Not that it's a huge problem, but when I read this was based on a short story I kind of expected a short movie. Clocking in at just less than three hours, it certainly lasted the distance. Did it drag though? At certain points, yes. It's a movie of absolutely brilliant points and really tedious points too... the good, the bad and the not-at-all ugly. The good: it should be a masterpiece, as it does have all the pieces to be one. The beautiful romance of Pitt and Blanchett is believable and touching, his journeys and dilemmas through time are endearing and his heartbreaking ageing (or younging) is bittersweet but surprisingly realistic. It starts off just after the First World War and you do get a sense of each decade as it passes (into modern day, roughly). You do feel, throughout, that you are seeing the life and death of so many characters that you know, even if they don't play a major role in the movie at all. My favourite was a Mr Daws, who tells Benjamin at numerous points that he'd been struck by lightning seven times (with a little clip each time). It's not need, doesn't push the story further at all - but it's charming.