Friday, August 4, 2017

Movie review: Big Fish

 William's father has told tall tales his whole life, leaving William to wonder what is real and what isn't about his father and his life. Now that William has become a reporter, and his father's life is nearing the end, William decides it is time to know the truth.

Ewan McGregor (Young Ed Bloom), Albert Finney (Senior Ed Bloom), Billy Crudup (Will), Jessica Lange (Senior Sandra Bloom), Helena Bonham Carter (Jenny, The Witch), Alison Lohman (Young Sandra), Robert Guillaume (Dr. Bennett), Marion Cotillard (Josephine), Matthew McGrory (Karl), Steve Buscemi (Norther).

Big Fish is a tall fish tale told in the form of flashbacks by Ed to his son William, who is having a hard time believing anything his father says anymore. The story starts off with Ed looking like a senile old man before the fish tales materialize and things quickly become fantastical. From there the film is an amusing string of twists, turns, and unusual tales that keep things interesting through to an emotional ending that was quite fitting.

Acting was pretty good with McGregor keeping it nice and light in his role. Finney put some serious energy into this one and did a very good job. Crudup was pretty good but felt a little cold compared to the rest of the cast. Lange and Carter both brought good depth with quality performances, as did the remainder of the supporting cast.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were widely varied and very well done. CGI added some depth to the film in the form of backgrounds and action sequences but was minimal and complimentary throughout. Physical effects and costuming were both well done. Dialogue was good, as was sound and soundtrack.

Overall Big Fish is quite silly and a lot of fun. The story moves along, ties ends together nicely, and remains entertaining with plenty of variety. If you want something light but unique, this is a pretty good choice.

This one should be fine for preens and above with no real limiting factors other than interest.

Released: 2003
Reviewed: 4.10.13
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Dramas based on Books, Fantasy

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