Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Big Fish [videorecording]

 
4 Golden Globe Nominations including Best Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Supporting Actor

Academy Award Nominee Best Original Score-Danny Elfman

Directed by Tim Burton
 
Storytelling is a lot like catching a fish: the bigger the fish, the bigger the story. Based on the book by Daniel Wallace, Big Fish is a movie starring Albert Finney as a father who spins tall tales much to the dismay of his adult son.
 
The story begins with Edward Bloom’s (Albert Finney) colorful description of his own birth. He shoots out of his mother’s womb, full speed ahead, and slides the full length of the hospital corridor until a nurse catches him. From then on his life mushrooms into a fantasy collage of giants, dwarves, and conjoined twins. 
 
Bloom’s son, fed up with trying to separate fact from fiction, confronts his father at his deathbed.

“Who are you?” he asks.

Underneath his father’s vivid imagination lies the answer.
 
Keep watching and you will see the threads of fantasy and reality woven together as the storyteller’s mantle is passed to the next generation.
 
Bloom as a young man (played by Ewan McGregor), reminds me of Forest Gump. Likeable, genuine and positive, he makes lemonade out of every lemon.
 
Costuming, and visual effects, combined with an outstanding soundtrack, contribute to the theatrical mood of Big Fish. If you enjoy this DVD you might like Secondhand Lions, in which two eccentric uncles (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine) tell stories that are hard to believe.

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