I borrowed F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tales of the Jazz Age on a whim a couple of years ago. The book, seemingly unattractive and old-fashioned, turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable read. Comprising several short stories about the roaring twenties- the hope, the enthusiasm, the embracing of freedom, love & excesses, Tales of the Jazz Age brought me back to an age-old era of glamour and possibilities.
One story which struck me in particular was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The premise of the story is simple but interesting- the titular character Benjamin Button ages backward. In other words, he just gets younger and younger as the years pass. This curious malady affects not only his physical appearance- his mentality and maturity also degenerate in the same manner.
The story made an impact because it was terribly realistic. That alone made the story dark, rather scary and very very sad. I remember The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as the one short story in the collection which made me tear.
If you are wondering why I am suddenly reminicising about a story i read donkey years back, the reason is Brad Pitt haha…Yes, the man i’ve been drooling over since I was all of 12 years old, is portraying Benjamin Button in the onscreen adaptation of this short story. I think there is a good chance the film would be good. First, it is a short story (ok i get that you get that by now) and these tend to do well when translated onscreen (Brokeback Mountain the film was every bit, if not quite a bit better than in print. Ok sweeping statement based on one film). Second, well, there’s always my darrling Brad to distract anyone from lousy directing (hey, i sat through Meet Joe Black completely mesmerized by Brad. I can’t remember the story but i sure remember the many close-ups of his baby blue eyes and his floppy blonde fringe. Reviews were really bad but i totally beg to differ. I thought MJB was fantastic haha)
For your enjoyment..and mine =)