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Big Fish (2003)

Director:
Tim Burton
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Big Fish
RUNNING TIME
125 minutes
Producer:
Bruce Cohen
Dan Jinks
Richard D. Zanuck
Screenwriter (from a novel by Daniel Wallace):
John August


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Ed Bloom (young) Ewan McGregor
Ed Bloom (senior) Albert Finney
Will Bloom Billy Crudup
Sandra Bloom Jessica Lange
Jenny/The Witch Helena Bonham Carter
Sandra Templeton Bloom Alison Lohman
Dr. Bennett Robert Guillaume
Josephine Marion Cotillard
The Giant Matthew McGrory
Beamen Loudon Wainwright III
Norther Winslow Steve Buscemi

 

Review

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.

Copyright 4.2.2005 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]