February 2004


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Big Fish

Description: Slightly surreal look at a relationship between father and son. Story-telling is the central theme.

I thought this was a damn cool movie. It was full of emotional resonance as well as Tim Burton's usual fantastic visuals. I adored Ewan McGregor as the young Ed - he was beautiful and excited by every possibility of life.

Really that's what this movie is about - being open to the possibilities. Conflict develops between father and son when the son doubts the truthfulness of his father's stories. The ultimate veracity of the stories isn't the issue. The son's narrow vision of the world closes him off from his father. Of course, dad needs to learn to listen, and more importantly, state his willingness to listen to his son.

The movie is heart warming, gorgeous, and bittersweet by turns. Makes me want to run home and ask my parents for stories. :)

 
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