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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
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review by . March 07, 2005
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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!
review by . April 30, 2004
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, Burton’s gorgeous visuals boost the …
review by . April 29, 2004
BIG FISH is a sleeper of a movie. Now that may sound like an oxymoron for a Tim Burton all-stops-out fantasy gig, but for those who don't get lightheaded at the mention of this talented director's name of ilk of films, this journey has a lot of fine surprises. Yes, this is another fantasy movie, but this time the fantasy embroiders a tender and (and all too frequent) trying examination of a father/son relationship. Young Will Bloom is called home to Alabama (where his father is dying) from Paris …
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