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Title: Big Fish

Country: U.S.A (Hollywood)

Year: 2003

Box Office: $122,919,055

Director: Tim Burton

Producer: Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen, Richard D. Zanuck

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito, Helena Bonham Carter, Hailey Anne Nelson

Genre: Adventure/Drama/Fantasy


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A beautiful dream...

Big Fish is not a movie that goes by the rules, or follows any particular storyline. Instead it invokes our imaginations, dreams, aspirations and legacy. We will all die at some point, therefore, I have always believe that it is not how we die, but rather the legacy that we leave behind that really counts. It is beautiful to witness a story through the eyes and lens of Burton. Surely Tim Burton has not always live up to expectations, his visuals have always been in the way of its storyline, but here, Burton times everything perfectly. It works, because it feels like a dream. In the hustle and puzzle commercial world of today, it is rare to be able to sit back and take in a journey, perhaps once in a while; it is a required part of life.

Sometimes, I guess watching a movie requires the right timing. Years ago when this film was released, I was by no means attracted to its simple premises and even found the title of the movie strange. It is by this coincidence that it took me 8 years on, before witnessing this masterpiece. For once, it is not a regret, but rather I am thankful, as I am sure as hell that I will not have understand or enjoyed the movie back then. In fact, I have not even started HK Neo Reviews. Not that is significant at all.

The performances from top-down are just simply amazing. Each act, each scene all adds up to what makes Big Fish a gigantic success. Ewan McGregor is notch-worthy in a role that requires to over-act, but without doing it. The sense of innocence in his loving pursuit of his future wife is pure to watch. Albert Finney shows class as the elderly and sick dad. Combine this with the truly scene stealing Danny DeVito and a strong supporting cast of Helena Carter and Jessica Lange.

However, the biggest impression of this film is not delivered by the actors, but rather how Tim Burton cleverly mixes the portions of reality and fiction into such an enjoyable, light-hearted movie. It’s been a long time coming, but I want to be the Big Fish. For that, this film has the magical power to amaze, delight and emote. A wonderful film...(Neo 2011)

I rate it 8/10

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