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Big Fish [Jan. 17th, 2004|05:55 pm]
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I finally managed to see Big Fish today.
It's lovely.
It's something of a cross between Pulp Fiction or 21 Grams (for the disjointed storyline) and It's a Wonderful Life. It's lush. It's lyrical. It's fabulous (in the literal sense of the word). It's a gentle movie about a big life.

What impressed me the most was how well they matched the "young" actors to the "old" ones. Ewan MacGregor could grow to look like Albert Finney, and Jessica Lange and Alison Lohman look related. It's a nice thing when that sort of tricky casting actually works.
But the best part of this film is that it's like reading a really good collection of short stories. Some are more interesting than others, but they all hold your attention, and while different, they all have a sort of relation to each other. My favourite story was of Ed Bloom in the War (presumably Korea) where he steals secret plans and enlists the help of Siamese twin sisters and singers Ping and Jing to return to the States (via Cuba and a dirty canoe), armed only with his "English-Asian" dictionary.

Of course, it is based on a book, and I think it's one I need to read it...but it's also the perfect vehicle for Tim Burton to work his magic upon...and it makes you wonder how much of life is facts...and how much is embellishment.
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[User Picture]From: effy
2004-01-17 03:29 pm (UTC)
I really want to see it. They filmed it in Alabama. The author of the book lives near us still. He's pretty big here in Alabama now, of course. :)
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From: drewberry4
2004-01-18 11:41 am (UTC)
YAY I'm glad you liked it :) I absolutely loved it. I soo agree with you on the point that the actors matched up to their younger counterparts. They did an incredible job with that. So many times actors are cast who don't look like their older versions. it made it much more believable this way.

I started to cry at the end when all the characters in real life showed up for the funeral. it was too sweet.
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[User Picture]From: rabkitty
2004-01-19 10:12 am (UTC)
so did I....the end was so touching!
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[User Picture]From: rabkitty
2004-01-19 10:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was great film. W wasn't so impressed (being a Tim Burton fan and all, he didn't like the guy who played his son-thought he could have done a better job)
but I loved it....I love story-telling.
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