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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

"I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins "Benjamin Button," adapted from the classic 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his 80s and ages backwards. A man, like any of us, unable to stop time. We follow his story set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be. "Benjamin Button" is a time traveler's tale of the people and places he bumps into along the way, the… Show more

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December 25, 2008 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

In "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Brad Pitt ages in reverse, from Methuselah to Robert Redford to infancy in about 2 1/2 hours. When Benjamin is 60 he looks 20, and we have on our hands the perfect movie for a time of enhanced age-defiance. And David Fincher, the movie's director, is a cosmetic surgeon of sorts, exacting a spectacularly artificial work of beauty. Watching a smooth face emerge from so much bunched and ruched skin is like seeing a piece of ripe fruit emerge from its husk. "Benjamin Button" is several hours of meticulous peeling - but not of a grapefruit but a grape.

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