Have you heard of Brad Pitt? He has a new movie that maybe you've missed out on hearing about too, then: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Here's the thing when it comes to Pitt: You have to get past the buzz -- far past it -- to what's good. Think back to the last time Pitt worked director David Fincher, on Fight Club, and you might get an idea about what to expect from this movie. Except that you wouldn't at all.
You've probably heard this is a movie about a guy who ages backward (much like the fantastic novel, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, though it's not based on that; this is based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald -- another guy you might not have heard of), but have you seen the trailer? Trust us: It's going to be good. I mean, okay, Pitt has a pretty hokey accent as Benjamin, but I'm assuming there's a reason for that. And Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton look fantastic. As do the costumes on Pitt (it looks like it's him the whole movie, except when he's an infant, which is the equivalent of an old man). I'm a sucker for tragedies, though, and this is a love story that you know can't end well. He's a creepy old man when she's a little girl, and by the time she's an old lady, he's a little boy, near death. Really sad stuff, if you can suspend your disbelief for it. If anyone can help you do that, it's Pitt and Fincher. They made us all believe in Tyler Durden, after all.