Big Fish [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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Throughout his life Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor) has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, portrayed by five-time Best Actor Oscar(r) nominee Albert Finney (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Erin Brockovich, 2000), he remains a huge mystery to his son, William (Billy Crudup). Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true picture of his father from flashbacks of his amazing adventures in this marvel of a movie.
Véritable fable pour adulte, Big Fish : la légende du gros poisson, adapté dun roman de Daniel Wallace, fait encore une fois la preuve que son auteur, Tim Burton (The Nightmare before Christmas, Ed Wood), est un des rares cinéastes à avoir su préserver lexistence dun univers fantastique dans le paysage cinématographique américain.
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. --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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Big Fish is a book written by Daniel Wallace and is the delightful story of Edward Bloom, who has reached the twilight of his life and surrounds himself with his son, daughter-in-law and his wonderful wife Sandra. Eddie has seemingly lived a fantastic life of lies and exaggerations and his son has grown to call his bluff on more than one occasion. In fact, his son returns not just to possibly say good-bye to his father, but to attempt to get him to spill the beans on the truth of who his old man really is. Eddie of course, stands by his stories and brushes off his son's accusations nonchalantly. Most of the film we see Eddie revisit his life as a whole, seen through only his own stories. How he once befriended a 12 foot man; how he arrived in a town that was paradise, once to early and once too late when he turned it back into paradise again; how he joined the circus for three years so he could find out pieces information once a month from Amos the ringmaster about the girl Eddie was sure would be his wife and how Sandra would believe Eddie to be dead in war but he would return. The stories are full of details that would clearly indicate they are false but sometimes they are just better that way.Read more ›
The son, William (Billy Crudup), wants to know more about his dad before it is too late, but is fed up with the incredible stories he always tell about himself. The problem is that his father, Edward (Albert Finney), cannot help but talk a lot and make reality more interesting, disguising it as he deems necessary. But after telling a story many times, it becomes real to you, and Ed can't distinguish truth from lies any more. But who knows, maybe he doesn't want to...
The talks and fights between father and son, mixed with their interaction with their wives, take them down memory lane, as Ed remembers once again what happened to him from the moment he left his little town as a young man. Ed doesn't stop telling tall tales, but the spectator will be happy for that due to the fact that thanks to the skill of the director of "Big Fish" (Tim Burton) Ed's stories come alive, and we are introduced to witches, giants, werewolves, the biggest fish in the river and even to the charmed town that young Ed (Ewan Mc Gregor) visited in his wandering days. We also get to know how Ed met the girl he knew would become his wife (Alison Lohman, afterwards played by Jessica Lange), and the unconventional way in which he proposed to her.
Those stories are too strange to be truthful, of course, and that is the problem for Will. But soon enough he will realise that maybe not all Ed's stories are complete lies, and that he might know his father much more than he was aware of.
I highly enjoyed this movie, even though it made me cry a little at the end.Read more ›
The movie is the story of a young man named Will (Billy Crudup) whose father Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) is dying. They had not spoke for a few years after Will's father took the spotlight at his wedding telling one of his outrageous tales. Now, while is father is lying in bed at home, Will who has grown up being told the many miraculous stories and tales of his fathers life, wants to find out the truth about all of the stories. Will does not believe that any of the stories that his father told him throughout his whole life are true and he feels he does not know who is father really is. As the stories and the movie unfold, Will learns more about his father and himself, as well as the reasons for the stories that his father told.
The movie goes back and forth between the present, and the stories being told as back-flashes. Young Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor) is the center of all the tall tales that include a witch with a glass eye that shows how people die, a perfect little town called Spectre with no road to it and even a giant named Karl. Each story is told with Tim Burton's usual sense of imagination, sensational imagery and darkness. The stories all revolve around events that happened in Edward Bloom's life, but each tale in the movie reflect a real tall tale.Read more ›
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When Tim Burton tries to do a "normal" movie, this is what you get. Creative and strange. Not spectacular, but good.Published 5 months ago by gspot1975
so purchased it here when price was a little lower, though still not a bad price. Was expecting more from this movie with the cast and storyline. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Frances
A family favourite (we are all adults), so it was an ideal gift for our son at Christmas. Video and audio were flawless, acting superb, story line a fantasy with an adorable... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good quality of Blue Ray and story
The only problem was the plastic on the cover
It was hard to take it off and the cover is still sticky
Maybe... Read more
The Big Fish is a superb movie and not only for all the fairy tale scenes and the story telling but also for this special opportunity that you have to chose to believe or not... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2013 by Chantal Raymond
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