"In telling the story of my father's life, it's impossible to separate fact from fiction, the man from the myth. The best I can do is to tell it the way he told me. It doesn't always make sense and most of it never happened... but that's what kind of story this is." - Will Bloom.
'Big Fish' is a heart-warming tale about heart-warming tales. When Will Bloom (Billy Crudup) learns that his father Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) is very ill, he and his pregnant wife (the lovely Marion Cotillard) travel home to be at his side. The father-son relationship had broken down over the past three years due to Edward's fantastical fables about his youthful endeavours. Will became tired of hearing the same stories, with a repeated telling of how Edward caught a big fish using his wedding ring as bait. Not believing any of his father's stories, he became estranged. With Edward's illness bringing them back together, the film explores Edward's whimsical stories of youth through flashbacks - in which young Edward is played by Ewan McGregor. Journeying with a gentle giant, finding the idyllic town of Spectre and meeting some interesting characters in a circus. Just how embellished were Edward's stories and will his relationship with his son be reconciled before it is too late?
|Young Edward in the town of Spectre.|
There is a very strong cast and you can tell from the off that this is a Tim Burton film. And not just because Helena Bonham-Carter is in it. It looked good. That may sound like a silly thing to say but it did. The flashback sections were visually distinguishable from the modern day scenes. The narration works really well, and at times sounded almost like an audiobook - well, they are telling a story! The secondary cast were also very good, especially Danny DeVito as the circus ringleader, Steve Buscemi as Norther Winslow and Matthew McGrory as the giant.
|Anyone for daffodils?|