Review: Big Fish
Released by Columbia Pictures on 10 December 2003
Length: 2h 5m
Source: Seen on TV
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Lohman, Robert Guillaume, Marion Cotillard, Matthew McGrory, David Denman.
Will Bloom (Billy Crudup) is informed by his mother Sandra Bloom (Jessica Lange) that his father Ed Bloom (Albert Finney) is terminal, and he travels with his French pregnant wife Josephine (Marion Cotillard) to his parents' home. Will and Ed have broken relationship three years before, because of the imaginative and fantasized stories told by Ed Bloom about his accomplishments in his youth. Will tries to find the true story of the mysterious life of his father, coming to a surprising discovery in the end.
Edward Bloom likes telling stories about his life. The thing is, that not all the stories are 100% true, and that to much annoyance of his son, Will. This is also the reason they haven’t spoken for more than three years. Then, Will, now living in France with his pregnant wife Josephine, gets a phone call from his mother, his father is ill and probably dying, and she asks him to come to America one more time to spend some time with his dad and possibly say goodbye. There, he finds out that his father’s stories are more true than he thought they were.
This movie was on TV last night, right after Deathly Hallows part one, so I thought ‘why not’. I love Tim Burton’s movies, and I had this movie on my to-watch list for a while. I have so say, I really liked it!
Tim Burton is famous for using two actors for almost every movie he makes. His wife, Helena Bonham Carter, and his best friend Johnny Depp. This movie only features Helena Bonham Carter, but she has two amazing roles, roles that are typical Helena roles. I loved seeing her, especially as the old witch!
I loved all the colourful scenes that this movie had, I’m used to black-and-white or almost colourless films by Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride (ok that has a very colourful afterlife but shh)), so seeing this colourful movie made me really really happy!
“There are some fish that cannot be caught. It’s not that they are faster or stronger than the other fish, they’re just touched by something extra.”, Edward Bloom.
I also liked that the movie didn’t really make any sense, there were a lot of flashbacks (Edward telling his stories), and sometimes I found it a bit difficult to understand which were the flashbacks and which weren’t, but they were really amazing. I loved all those stories, no matter how true or fake they were!
Like I said before, there were a lot of flashbacks in this movie, and I have to say it was kind of annoying at first, because I didn’t know which were the flashbacks and which weren’t, but in the end, I got used to it so I started to like the movie a bit more.
In the end, there is a very sad scene, which wasn’t good for me, because I’d already been watching Deathly Hallows (in which Dobby dies, of course, so I was crying a lot already); but it’s a very beautiful scene in which William helps his dad finish the story.
I really liked this movie, and I am definitely planning on watching more of Tim Burton’s movies with real people (haha)!