Big Fish

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Edward Bloom is a liar. However, since he's an exceptionally creative liar, director Tim Burton has decided this is something to celebrate. According to this film, we ought to encourage people to make up stories about themselves because that just makes life so much more interesting.

Old Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) is dying, so when his son, William (Billy Crudup) comes to visit mom (Jessica Lange) and dad, he'd really like to get a handle on who his father really was before the old coot kicks off. Instead, he just gets more made-up stories.

Old Edward recounts when he was young Edward (Ewan McGregor) and how he lived a fanciful life where he made friends with giants and discovered towns that nobody else knew about because they were hidden deep within forests. Young Edward was admired by everybody who knew him, except for one guy, who ends up dating the young girl (Alison Lohman) Edward will eventually marry.

Since Burton has always identified himself as something of a misunderstood loner, it's curious that he doesn't identify with Edward's romantic rival, whom Edward essentially screws over. There's nothing to suggest that this guy does anything wrong until Edward starts hitting on his girl and then he gets kind of protective and obnoxious, but who wouldn't? Young Edward, on the other hand, is the guy who has it all and is worshipped by everyone, yet decides to steal his hapless rival's girlfriend just for sport. That would make most men a little cranky.

Isn't it interesting that suddenly the hero in Burton's story is the wildly creative storyteller who's a legend in his own mind? The loser is the guy the wildly creative storyteller walks all over. Gee, you think being in Hollywood has gone to Burton's head?

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Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

The Museum of Modern Art in NYC has an exhibition of the art of Tim Burton.  Here is one our resident hardshell turtle might like.

{;-) Dan in Miami

You're so sweet

gamerarocks's picture

to think of me, twice.  It's an interesting piece, not being a big fan of modern art, but I like the play on words and the piece is rather clever.

I have a friend who went through an 'artist' phase and dragged me, almost literally, kicking and screaming to a few local arts shows in a previous locale.  When I saw the 10' x 10' canvas that another artist had painted alternatively with vertical gloss white and flat white paint in foot wide stripes that sold to a downtown office building for $5,000 in the mid 80's I knew my taste in art was as in vouge as my taste in television and movies.

Impeach Jim Gibbons!


While Big Fish was good, it had some issues.

TMundo's picture

The film was supposed to be about how a son has trouble relating to his father, which is a case for many people, but the father's story was so ridiculous that it's hard to see how anyone could relate to the guy.  The film becomes more about the tall tale than it does delve into the how and why.  Sure it does explain the lying in the end, but most people can't relate it to the way they misunderstood their father, I'd guess.

The exagerated shooting style was fun and different, I suppose it all worked.

Wish my dad had told tall tales

Rajah's picture

This guy was in the Battle of the Bulge for crying out loud and yet we only got a smattering of details over the years.

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