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Why Does Aging Backward Take So Long?

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David "Fight Club" Fincher has a new flick coming out called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and it's a love story featuring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchette. But of course you knew it couldn't be all pink hearts coming from the guy who likes to make everyone bleed: In this tale, based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, Benjamin (Pitt) is a guy who ages backwards. I know you're thinking Mork from Ork, but early reviews of the movie, slated to come out in December, say that it's Tim Burtonesque (a good sign) and extremely long (a bad sign). Over at Ain't It Cool News, a reviewer who saw an early cut of the film writes:

The special effects and make-up in this film are truly amazing. Brad Pitt's descent into youth is never once unbelievable; it looks tremendously authentic. The same goes for Blanchett's aging process . . . [But] the film is somewhere near three hours. By an hour and a half/forty five, the audience was getting restless. I could hear them squirming in their seats in front and behind me. The last hour is ultimately weighed down by a lot of repetition that has to do with the romance between Pitt and Blanchett. The film is truly great up until the final hour where things begin to feel muddled and unnecessary.


I'm intrigued by the premise of a gothic-style love story where one person grows old and another grows young. And I'll watch Blanchette in pretty much anything. Hopefully Fincher will cut down that flabby third act, or at least bring in some alien technology or something to keep us entertained. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Review [via AICN]

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Can we request articles? I think it's time for an io9 list of the top fifteen backwards-age stories and characters. You could start at number one...

I recently heard that Andrew Sean Greer's _The Confessions of Max Tivoli_ was really good, and I remember Martin Amis had a good one back in the eighties. Alan Moore's written at least one such tale.

And I don't want to hear about any of your fancy de-evolution stories from your Star Trek, either. Or any of your stoppy-time devil-deal magic stories a la Dorian Gray and Racquel Welch. I want plain old look-at-a-life-in-reverse fiction. What's the best stuff? Quick, before I get any younger.