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Movie Overview - Big Fish

            "Most men, they'll tell you a story straight through. It won't be complicated, but it won't be interesting either" said Edward Bloom (Albert Finney). An adventure as big as life itself, Big Fish, directed by Tim Burton and based off the novel by Daniel Wallace tells the story of a father and son's awkward reconciliation. Edward who has always told tall tales sees adventure and magic in all of his stories but Edward's son, Will Bloom (Billy Crudup), feels his father is just an obsessive storyteller reaching for a chance in the spotlight. Will has thoughts that his father uses the stories as a cover-up and that his father lived two lives and possibly had two different families. Will who is becoming a father is desperate in knowing know the true version of things as some sort of closure before his father passes. He begins to ask questions to everyone around and along the way viewers meet a witch, a giant named Carl, and a werewolf. Told in flashbacks, Director Tim Burton's creativity brings a heartfelt story with outrageous scenes by showing two parallel timeline sequences between past (Edward) and present (Will). Every colorful adventure of the young Edward was brought to life with a vivid imagination and the present presented a more lugubrious last moments as Edward reminisces with his wife Sandra (Jessica Lange). In his review, film critic Roger Ebert writes "When Burton gives himself the guidance and anchor of a story, he can be quite remarkable. 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?" (Ebert) This film was nominated for several different awards including Best Fantasy Film, Best Original Score, and Best Cinematography to name a few. However, there are some film critics who would disagree that this movie was nothing but a bunch of baloney.

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