Big Fish (2003)
Tim Burton saluts life and stories in this often captivating film about a dying man who revisits his life, and the son who wants to get to the bottom of his fantastical stories. Burton plays with the boundaries between fantasy and reality, and the film has several poignant moments, but also avoids too many important issues. Burton's universe is usually remarkably visionary, but among many highlights, Big Fish contain quite a few dreary and banal storylines as well. However, the finale is rewarding, if not intellectually than at least emotionally and narratively. Billy Crudup and Albert Finney are both fine, but they never get the chance to act off one another and the chemistry remains absent. Look for Helena Bonham Carter and an ever beautiful Jessica Lange in pleasant supporting roles.