21 January 2009

Benjamin Button, meet Forrest Gump

Last month I blogged the trailer for Benjamin Button. Today J-Walk featured a video that compares the parallels between Benjamin Button and Forrest Gump. It's an interesting analogy. WARNING: contains spoilers re the plot.

Update: Between this morning and now, the YouTube clip has been blocked because of a "copyright claim by Paramount Pictures Corp" so I can't show it. That's a cheap maneuver. I'll keep an eye out to see if some other clip will be posted. Basically the original showed that the entire plot of Benjamin Button is a reworking of the plot of Forrest Gump. Probably true. I enjoyed Gump and expect to enjoy Button when I get a chance to see it. I wish the studios didn't feel they have to play these little mind games to protect their turf.

Second update: Found the video on a non-YouTube venue. I'll repost this blog entry at the top again and hope the video stays active for a while.

The similarity of the two movies is discussed at this link and at this one. Video found here.


  1. Since Benjamin Button was written long before Forrest Gump was made, it seems reasonable that any plagiarism was done by the makers of Gump. Unless, of course, the Button movie is not true to the story.

  2. The story was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 20s, but the movie script is quite different from the short story plot.

  3. After seeing Benjamin Button the first thing i thought of was Forrest Gump , but without the great soundtrack . Still it was an entertaining movie .


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