I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with my brothers and sisters at home. The film is adapted from a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald of the same title where a man played by Brad Pitt is born old and grows backwards into a baby.
While the events are pretty typical, it is the inversion at the heart of the film that is its novelty. This inversion opens up new meanings and symbolisms: The beginning becomes the end. The old becomes the new.
What I found most disturbing is where Brad Pitt abandons his wife and child in an ironic act of selflessness. What I found most moving is the ending where the woman, now old, regains her lover as a crippled child that she has to care for. ■