Big Fish is a story about a man, Edward Bloom, who is a magnificent story teller, and his son—William Bloom—who has a grudge against these stories. The movie was directed by Tim Burton in 2003, which he based off the Big Fish book written in 1988 by Daniel Wallace. Throughout the movie we see not only the present life of Edward Bloom, but the many past stories of his childhood and adult life. We are also introduced to several other characters including the younger version of Edward Bloom, Edward’s wife—Sandra, and Will’s wife— Penelope. The stories told in the movie are in Edward’s point of view, and we get many glimpses of where, what, and who Edward has done and met throughout his life. These range from going to a witch’s house and seeing his time and reason for death, to being in a circus, and even to falling in love with his present wife Sandra.
This film was not only entertaining for me, but it also tugged at my heart, which makes me like it even more. I love movies that give you a life lesson or influence your life positively. I also liked how the director bounced back and forth between the present life of Edward Bloom, and the past life of Edward. It made the storyline interesting and complicated, but in a way that was still easy to follow along and understand. Overall I felt like this movie was relatable and all kinds of people would like to watch this movie. I give Big Fish a hole-in-one!
One key part of the movie that made every scene interesting was the acting of Albert Finney or the grown-up version of Edward Bloom. I could never guess what he was thinking or what he was going to say next. Especially toward the end of the movie when everyone just wanted to know if his stories were true or not, I could never tell. He was so serious, but not serious enough to be scary or mean. His character in my opinion was naturally likable. For example in the movie when he was telling his stories to Penelope in the bedroom, it reminded me of when my dad would...
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