Rating: 3.5 stars
“I was born under unusual circumstances,” says our hero at the beginning of David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This massive understatement introduces us to Benjamin (Brad Pitt), not just the unusual circumstances under which he was born, but the matter-of-fact way in which this extraordinary man views his life.
You see, Benjamin is aging in reverse. He was born an old man—or at least with the appearance and health of an old man—and he gets younger and younger with each passing year. Benjamin implicitly understands his fate: He will become middle aged, then young; he will eventually look like a child, then an infant, and then he will die.
This condition is obviously a curse of sorts, but in its own way, it’s a blessing. Unlike his peers, who grow older and more feeble, Benjamin feels more vigorous with time (but this, of course, is part of the curse, too; who among us wants to be so very different from our loved ones and friends?). Since most people assume he is an old man, Benjamin can observe the...