Big Fish: A Movie Review
Carlo Chong (H2B), Stallion Features Writer
Posted Wednesday, 20-Oct-2004 7:20 AM
From the director of ‘Edward Scissorhands’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’ comes one of the decade’s most beautiful cinematic achievements, an emotive tale of hope, love and the essence of life. Tim Burton’s latest picture is simply another masterpiece. Based on the highly praised book by Daniel Wallace, this stirring fantasy enraptures our deepest imagination, capturing the fable of a valiant man, his adventures across the ends of existence, and the truth to the mystery hiding in every one of us.
Already a household name, Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Black Hawk Down) delivers one of the most impressive performances of his career, playing the inspired role of Edward Bloom. Acclaimed actor Albert Finney plays his dying counterpart.
As Bloom is nearing the end of his days, he recounts the story of his illustrious life, a myth bordering the edge of reality and the rim of the extraordinary. After years of skepticism and uncertainty of his father, Will Bloom uncovers the answers to the obscurity of his father’s accounts and finally discovers the true significance of life’s journey.
The film has everything a Burton film has, with the atypical cinematography of Philippe Rousselot. The haunting score of Danny Elfman. Alison Lohman (White Oleander, Matchstick Men) provides another breakthrough performance as Edward Bloom’s one-true-love Sandra Templeton.
After seeing this movie, one cannot help but ruminate over the highly-symbolic and ultimately poignant vision of the film. The stories that others tell immortalize them in time, in history, and may in due course change the lives of many - there is always truth in myth and there are always lessons to be learnt through legends.
We’re all big fish in a small pond, waiting to be released to a larger sea to be conquered.
Fairy tales have a way of magnifying the intensity and expanding the enormity of its message, and a fairy tale like this is truthfully as big as life itself. With dazzling visuals and heartfelt direction, a ‘dramedy’ like ‘Big Fish’ sums up what masterful filmmaking is about, and is a true magical experience.
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