The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Archaic though it may sound, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” employs all the modern technology it can muster to portray the improbable – Brad Pitt as a diminutive, decrepit old man.

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1922 short story, the eponymous protagonist (Pitt) is born at eighty years of age and grows younger as time goes by. The premise may sounds like a forgotten 80’s teen flick where Benjamin Button (played by Pauly Shore) buys everyone in his second grade class alcohol, but despite its implausibility it is already garnering Oscar buzz.

The supporting cast is equally as stellar uniting the fiercest redheads in Hollywood – Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton (sorry Nicole Kidman and Ron Howard). Seriously, Swinton and Blanchett should make a film about twin assassins who also run a multi-bilion dollar company and hate their husbands. I’ll even write the script. Pitt’s “Fight Club” alumni David Fincher also directs so if anyone can rough up Pitt’s appearance it’s him. Judging from the trailer alone a Blanchett/Pitt romance will persevere through inverse aging, and result in a tenuous period of bliss when they meet in their middle-aged prime. Then eventually someone will die. Or become a baby. Meanwhile I’ll learn to love someone unconditionally despite the fact that they’re a nappy clad toddler – or a nappy clad geriatric…

Check out the trailer below.