More significantly, the aggregate affection, as well as the life experiences all of the characters in the movie have had, and would not trade for a million dollars, is something that this film brilliantly portrays, by way of a hail Mary pass that winds up being the game winning touchdown!!. It is also the story of the father, as an 18-year-old adventurer in the land of unbelievable promise, where he befriends a crippled giant, discovers a magical village which resembles heaven, and catches a monstrous fish with his wedding ring. I don't usually write here about how films affect me personally. But he is forced to remember the stories, as his father relates them to William's wife, who seems to be entranced by them, and him. Learn how to make your love the best it can be.
The big fish swims alone, after all. Jessica Lange is also dependable as Edward's wife Sandy, the love of each other's lives. At first, Will believed the stories were wondrous and magical, but over the years he began to wish that his father would drop the fairy tales and just start relating to him as a real person. We see young Edward leaving home in search of adventure. The Ewan Mc Gregor acting is brilliant. The difference, apart from the wide variation in tone between Arcand's human comedy and Burton's flamboyant ringmastery, is that Arcand uses the past as a way to get to his character, and Burton uses it as a way to get to his special effects. And there's always the possibility of Danny DeVito chomping down on a raw fish.
Venturesome as though he may be, Ed Bloom leaves his Mayberry, joins the circus, and decides to fall in love. Never have I felt so much like getting up and leaving a film, just to take a break from it all. Big Fish is about a middle-aged journalist with a son on the way who tries to make amends with his dying father in the hopes of hearing the real story of his long, unique life after being told nothing but grandiose fiction mixed with hints of reality about every little detail since the day he was born. There are many themes in this movie as they vary with the story being told, but the main theme is the relationship between father and son as his son rediscovers and comes to terms with who his father is. Although nearly every story is an untruth, the son finally recognizes that it is in the telling of the stories that gave his father a fulfilled life. It's about all kinds of stories, from the first stories whispered by a father to a sleepy child to the stories a son tells his father to comfort him as he nears death.
With great writing, beautiful visuals perfectly fleshed out characters, and an amazing story, Big Fish most certainly earns the grade it gets: an A+. There are similarities to be drawn here with the account of and and how long he had to endure before he finally gets the girl. You know, the person that's able to take the complexities of life and turn them into the wild fantasies appreciated mostly by the young at heart. Jessica Lange plays his wife and Billy Crudup plays the son, Will, estranged from his father for the past three years. I'll bet Ellison loved this movie.
It's definitely not for everyone, it left me cold and wet. Like Scott I have never been a big fan of Tim Burton movies, with the exception of a few of his early pictures like Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. Now there's Big Fish, a film loaded with visual spectacle, and it shows Burton working an adaptation to his own advantage for the first time in years. In our private worlds, we're important, nay the most important figures. For the next three years, Edward is shot at, stabbed, and trampled for Amos's pleasure, but is also rewarded with the smallest details of his wife's identity. It is odd but original; interesting but slow moving; wholesome but shallow; sentimental but un-enlightening.
Geez, we need more Edward Blooms in the world. Just a side note: Billy Crudup hasn't appeared in many films, but to mention two of his other movies Almost Famous and Sleepers seems appropriate. This film had neither, and yet I found myself hoping it wouldn't end while at the same time, anxiously awaiting its conclusion. Maybe because it's a story of fathers and sons learning to understand one another. So, in one sense, I knew this man and his unique mode of expression deeply for over twenty years, and yet in another very basic sense, I didn't know the real man at all.
Then you realized he was just a regular guy running around in tights. I loved when the stories were acted out because put so much personality and likability into the character. Cinematography, directing, acting, script, and even the music was once-every-decade kind of stuff. One day as Edward walks under the Big Top, he becomes mesmerized by his first glimpse of Sandra, and time crawls into slo-mo as he knows immediately this is the woman he is destined to marry. This puzzled me a great deal. It teaches life lessons while entertaining and it also forces us to use our imagination in a way few movies do. But William has faced lies and exaggerations all his life.
Tim Burton's 2003 fantasy masterpiece, Big Fish beautifully and emotionally makes the case for the latter option. Johns work is essential in understanding the centrality of culture in modern society. All I can say is, relax and let it happen. Throughout all the tall tales and Burton's trademark visuals, what keeps the movie grounded are the performances of the cast, particularly Albert Finney. A brave hero, strange village, temptation and huge love, success and discoveries, miracles and public,secret sense of life and courage.