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Film Review: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

(Paramount. 2 hours, 47 minutes. Rated PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking. Directed by David Fincher.) Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Jason Flemyng, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Tilda Swinton. Music by Alexandre Desplat.

“I was born under unusual circumstances.” So begins the fascinating tale of a man who was born in his eighties and ages backwards. We follow Benjamin from 1918 New Orleans, to his adventures and experiences around the world, and into the 21st century. There’s love, war, joy, and sadness. Into and out of his life comes Daisy (Blanchett), who ages forwards like everyone else. But neither Benjamin nor Daisy can stop time. The excellent screenplay is based only nominally on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose heroine in The Great Gatsby is also named Daisy. Director Fincher, usually known for hard-boiled action fare (he worked with Pitt on Se7en), handles this dreamy romantic fantasy and required special effects with aplomb. Pitt is assured in his most challenging role to date. Henson is memorable as Button’s adoptive mother. The movie’s long, but take it at its own pace for the rewards. Sad, amusing, romantic, touching.