Benjamin Button, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
There are more than a few surreal scenes in David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”—an elderly adolescent struggling to fit in with his grade school classmates, a dying toddler strolling hand in hand with his aged lover. That’s because Benjamin (Brad Pitt) is an extraordinary man moving upstream against the tides of time, aging backwards with every passing year. While many middle-aged souls might envy his gift, giving anything to roll back the years, Fincher sees the elements of tragedy in Benjamin’s story. Forever out of synch with his lover, too decrepit to enjoy the joy of childhood, losing memories and knowledge in his later years, Benjamin defies the laws governing typical human existence but misses out on the simple pleasures.