Appelé au chevet dEd, son père malade, le jeune William Bloom est bien décidé à faire la part du vrai et du faux dans les histoires que son père a toujours racontées à propos de sa vie. Comment croire, en effet, à ces légendes mythiques où se sont croisées sorcières, géants et chanteuses de cabaret siamoises ?
Plongeant délibérément dans lextraordinaire en illustrant les récits fabuleux dEd, Tim Burton met alors sa poésie et sa fantaisie au service dun conte sur limagination et la transmission. Comptant sur lénergie dEwan McGregor (Ed jeune) et sur la sensibilité dAlbert Finney (Ed vieux), le film utilise également les talents dinterprètes aussi attachants que Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito, Steve Buscemi ou Marion Cotillard. Dans une réalisation soignée et inventive, soulignant magnifiquement toute la dimension épique de son récit, Big Fish : la légende du gros poisson apparaît alors comme un film aussi enchanté quenchanteur. Helen Faradji.
Big Fish tells the story of a young man trying to sort out the facts and lies that his father has been telling him for his whole life. As the story opens Will Bloom (Crudup) hasn't spoken to his father in almost three years. He got tired of listening to his tall tales, but when he gets a call from his mother (Lange) telling him that his father doesn't have much time he rushes down as a latch ditch effort to learn the facts about his father. Albert Finney plays Edward Bloom, a man nearly confined to his bed, trying to get his son to accept who he is. The majority of the film is told through flashbacks, showing the amazing life that young Edward Bloom (Mcgregor) has lived. From giants to circus, from war to salesman, the film gives you the glimpse of a life as Bloom sees it. Is it true? Is he lying? Or is he embellishing the facts? Who knows and who cares.
The actors in this movie shine. Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney are absolutely charming in this movie. You want to believe his stories, and you can see why others do. The convincing shed their accents and pick up a southern accent without you really noticing. Other notable performances include Jessica Lange and Helena Bohnam Carter. But another surprise would have had to be Lohman. This was the first movie I had seen her in, and I was amazed. She is extremely talented and even with the limited screen time she was given manage to catch my attention.
Now on to the inevitable visuals. Everyone knows of Tim Burtons visuals. Heck he has made it a trade mark., now known as Burtonism. This movie surprised me in the aspect that although very visual, it was the least of all his movies. What stood out to me? Well the town of Spectre along with the path to get there. It was a beautiful town, which represented Heaven on earth. Another notable section was the circus, where time froze while Ed Bloom saw the women of his life. The screenplay by John August captures the beauty of Daniel Wallace's book while expanding on it. The screenplay looked tailor made to be directed by Tim Burton. Which brings us to the score which was beautifully written by Danny Elfman. I have gotten so used to his dark and moody scores that I forgot how brilliant and light some of his scores can be. This is one of the best, compliments the movie perfectly.
So when the lights came back on after the movie was over I was smiling. My imagination was just blown away again by Tim Burton. I was talking about the movie with a few friends after we got out of the theater and they noticed the same reaction from the audience as with me. I remembered being afraid when I sat down originally because it was the late showing and the audience consisted of teens. I was expecting a lot of dumb comments but they were as blown away as I was. Even now a few months later as I watch it on dvd I still can't stop smiling at how much I like this movie. This is a movie for everyone.