A former salesman on his deathbed regales his distant son with wild and fantastical tales of his youth as they try to mend their strained relationship.
A whimsical Southern gothic fantasy from the ever-ingenious mind of Tim Burton, Big Fish dissolves the darkness of mortality into a charming fable of reconciliation. With a stellar cast of talents including Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, and Marion Cotillard!
It's about storytelling and storytellers, the rare movie that pays homage to those who entertain, enlighten, and arise deep emotions, those who think deeply about the value of life, those who understand that stories are humanity's most precious commodity. One of those rare films that make the world a better place. After all, if people are capable of telling a story like this, they're capable of anything.
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.
„It doesn’t always make sense and the most of it never happened.“ I have to admit that I love this film and that it is one of my Tim Burton favorites. The way Burton tells about the divergence of different views on reality and about the power of imagination is full of exceptional pictures and well supported by Danny Elfman’s score (although it’s not his best one).