It leaves a lump in the throat to anyone who has a small inch of imagination and have tried to enrich other people with beautiful stories throughout their life. Albert Finney is fantastic in this movie and Ewan McGregor is spot on as a young version of him even if I needed a few minutes to "accept" him. Sadly, after this Tim Burton started to go very "safe" with family movies and has seemed to have "lost his way".
Alongside his other great triumphs, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood & Sweeney Todd, Big Fish finds Burton pushing for something more personal than his usual ironic reinvention. Finding a context for imaginative imagery through the story of a son connecting with his father's legacy of tall tales, Burton's film employs carnivalesque magical realism & southern gothic folklore to create a picaresque fable rife with emotion.