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Will learns he is about to become a father. At the same time, he learns he's just about run out of time trying to connect with his own father. But he discovers that, despite outward appearances, Edward deeply loves his family and his wild stories contain real nuggets of truth. Will realizes that his own life turned out the way it did because his father challenged him to venture out and explore.
Drama - This unusual film is, at the heart, a family drama, but it is
dressed up in a lot of fantasy elements--though it isn't exactly an
effects-heavy extravaganza. Some scenes may be too scary and
intense for younger viewers.
PROFANITY: 2 S-words, very few others. SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting partial nudity in a non-sexual context. VIOLENCE: Some fights and attacks by animals. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: Some chases and fighting. COMEDY: Some wisecracks, physical gags; some toilet humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Big Fish is a little too uneven to attain the same level as something like The Wizard of Oz or The Princess Bride, but it's in the same general vicinity. There's a sense that a few dead spots could have been eliminated and the whole project tightened up, but those are relatively minor quibbles. Big Fish is a clever, smart fantasy that targets the child inside every adult, without insulting the intelligence of either.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average When Burton gives himself the guidance and anchor of a story, he can be quite remarkable ("Ed Wood," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Sleepy Hollow"). When he doesn't, we admire his visual imagination and skillful techniques, but isn't this doodling of a very high order, while he waits for a purpose to reveal itself?
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 295 moviegoer opinions. About three-quarters of the moviegoers rated it "Very Good" or higher, which is great. It indicates a movie most enjoyed very much. Many of the remaining one-quarter rated it "Good" or "Fair," which is getting pretty low but they still thought it was at least an alright movie. Only a very few truly disliked it. Neither age or gender made much difference in the opinions.
If you tend to enjoy the work of director Tim Burton, I'm certain you will find Big Fish to be a very entertaining movie.
Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) has always been a teller of tall-tales about his
oversized life as a young man (Ewan McGregor), when his wanderlust led him on an
unlikely journey from a small-town in Alabama, around the world, and back again.
His mythic exploits dart from the delightful to the delirious as he weaves epic
tales about giants, blizzards, a witch and conjoined-twin lounge singers.
With his larger-than-life stories, Bloom charms almost everyone he encounters
except for his estranged son Will (Billy Crudup). When his mother Sandra
(Jessica Lange) tries to reunite them, Will must learn how to separate fact from
fiction as he comes to terms with his father's great feats and great failings.