Tim Burton's world exceeds all previous productions with the 2003 film Big Fish. The journey of a young man to discover thetruth behind his father's "big fish" stories. The beautiful story is magical matched with amazing effects, incredible music, and actors & actresses with incredible talent. It makes me cry EVERY single time I watch it. And I watch it frequently.
The movie travels from past to present telling the unique life of Edward Bloom. His history from a high speed birth, encounters with a witch & giant, love at first sight, the saving of an entire town, and much more. It reflects the life through the eyes of a man who didn't want to settle for a mundane life. The story finishes with his son coming to the realization that all his life, his father was a big fish. Becoming the stories he told making his life more than it would be. A heartfelt story about accepting our family and the stories they come with.
I first saw this movie with my best friends after ignoringmy father's offer to go. Definitely regretted that. It makes a great family film. watch it with people you love! Helena Bonham Carter was INCREDIBLE in the film as the witch, and older Jenny- two characters in Edward's life. She plays the two roles completely different from one another but exceptionally! My favorite part was the daffodils scene- When Edwards asks his wife, to marry him. SO cute!
This is one of those movies you want to just see to enjoy. Wonderful imagination here on several levels. It is difficult to separate reality from dream/story here, as the film was ment to be. Burton has done a good job of this. I suppose you could call this an adventure fairytale of sorts. Be that as it may, I enjoyed it and would recommend it highly. Just watch it and have fun!
Pros: visuals, special effects, Buscemi, Finney, DeVito, fun to watch Cons: basic story is weak, McGregor's accent The Bottom Line: This bottom line's not big enough for a woman of my ambition. Plot Details: This opinion reveals no details about the movie''s plot. If Big Fish had been directed by anyone other than Tim Burton, I probably would have been bored out of my scull. Thankfully, Burtons gorgeous visuals boost the … more
Mar 12, 2009
Mar 13, 2009 12:08 AM UTC
About this movie
After a string of mediocre movies, director Tim Burton regains his footing as he shifts from macabre fairy tales to Southern tall tales.Big Fish twines in and out of the oversized stories of Edward Bloom, played as a young man by Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge, Down with Love) and as a dying father by Albert Finney (Tom Jones). Edward's son Will (Billy Crudup,Almost Famous) sits by his father's bedside but has little patience with the old man's fables, because he feels these stories have kept him from knowing who his father really is. Burton dives into Bloom's imagination with zest, sending the determined young man into haunted woods, an idealized Southern town, a traveling circus, and much more. The result is sweet but--thanks to the director's dark and clever sensibility--never saccharine. Also featuring Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito, and Steve Buscemi.--Bret Fetzer