Big Fish

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Time Out says

This version of Daniel Wallace's fantasy novel has had many favourable reviews Stateside. Is that because, like the similar fabulation in Forrest Gump, it offers a profoundly meretricious portrait of the US from the Depression to, roughly, the present? Or is it because of its comforting conceit that death doesn't really remove us from the world? Surely it can't be the implication that women exist purely to be courted, raise kids and stand by their men. Many reckon it wrong to take fantasy to task for such ethical shortcomings. In recounting the adventures (with giants, conjoined twins, witches, werewolves, circus folk, poets) that tall-storyteller and travelling salesman Edward Bloom (Finney) constantly claims for his younger self (McGregor) - to the amusement of all but estranged son Will (Crudup) - Burton and Co are clearly aiming for something more 'universal' than history and politics. But this is set in Alabama (a key battlefield in the Civil Rights struggle) and so to show virtually no blacks except for a doctor (implausibly allowed to deliver Bloom's mother of her baby) is whitewashing of the worst kind. The film doesn't so much reject history as selectively rewrite it to its own reactionary, even offensive ends. This might perhaps be just about tolerable were the film funny, illuminating, insightful or moving. It is not.

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Austin

The omission of black people seems entirely intentional. Perhaps Bloom had racist tendencies like the majority of people of his generation and in his embellished, fantasy story world he omits blacks. Consider the fact Bloom's dictionary when he fights in Korea says “English to Asian Dictionary”. The movie has enough artistic license to behave like it does.

keno

Geez, have you been watching any of these films set in the south? From Doc Hollywood, to Driving Miss Daisy, to My Cousin Vinny, to Forrest Gump, actually, the south is repainted in a way that always...ALWAYS, suits the south, and the way they want the rest of America to see them. (In Dramaties not meant to reflect reality anyway) It must have one powerful lobby in liberal, jaded, godless, Hollywood. That said, to hold this film accountable for that alone, is to ignore the problem at it's source. That said, this film was done on a grand scale like Forrest Gump, and delivers emotionally to anyone with a beating heart in their chests. This is a son's love story about his father, and I'm sorry you're so twisted up inside you can't see that. Maybe you should watch it again, when and if you ever grow up!

keno

Geez, have you been watching any of these films set in the south? From Doc Hollywood, to Driving Miss Daisy, to My Cousin Vinny, to Forrest Gump, actually, the south is repainted in a way that always...ALWAYS, suits the south, and the way they want the rest of America to see them. (In Dramaties not meant to reflect reality anyway) It must have one powerful lobby in liberal, jaded, godless, Hollywood. That said, to hold this film accountable for that alone, is to ignore the problem at it's source. That said, this film was done on a grand scale like Forrest Gump, and delivers emotionally to anyone with a beating heart in their chests. This is a son's love story about his father, and I'm sorry you're so twisted up inside you can't see that. Maybe you should watch it again, when and if you ever grow up!

leslielandberg

Wow. Really? You are studying the film at film school...of all the fochachta pieces of nonsense that takes the cake. I hope you get good and robbed over there. This movie stinks. It offers us style over substance and guesses that most of us are too stupid to know the difference. Worse still, there is no heart or life in this movie. It is a still-born, cardboard farce masquerading as something pretentious and deep. Feh. I throw it in the round file with Wings of Desire, Lost in Translation and Red Violin. My only comfort is the knowledge that people who do this to audiences have a cozy spot in hell awaiting them. Except I love Tim Burton and you can't win 'em all...I forgive you, man!

jas

Great film, I'm studying it at school and we all think that Spectre is symbolic for Edward's life! when he's moist, so is spectre but when he is 'drying out,' again, so is spectre. We are all so sad to see Matthew McGrory go to heaven though, he was such a sweet man

jas

Great film, I'm studying it at school and we all think that Spectre is symbolic for Edward's life! when he's moist, so is spectre but when he is 'drying out,' again, so is spectre. We are all so sad to see Matthew McGrory go to heaven though, he was such a sweet man

keith

excellent filim, great cinematography. very well made film and one of Ewan's best pieces of work! Watch it.

keith

excellent filim, great cinematography. very well made film and one of Ewan's best pieces of work! Watch it.