The Inversions in Benjamin Button’s Curious Case

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. ■



  1. it was a little weird to see an old version of Brad Pitt’s face pasted onto a kid’s body, but i guess that’s why they call it a “curious case”

  2. The story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” really made me shocked at first. He was born with the ampalaya-like face and grows older and his face younger. So shocking!

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