Big Fish

Published July 8, 2010

Big Fish

Film info

  • Title Big Fish
  • Director Tim Burton
  • Year 2003
  • Run time 2hrs 5m
  • Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Drama
  • Tagline An adventure as big as life itself

Edward Bloom has always been a teller of tall-tales about his oversized life as a young man, when his wanderlust led him on an unlikely journey from a small town in Alabama, around the world, and back again. His mythic exploits dart from the delightful to the delirious as he weaves epic tales about giants, blizzards, a witch and conjoined-twin lounge singers. With his larger-than-life stories, Bloom charms almost everyone he encounters except for his estranged son Will. When his mother, Sandra, tries to reunite them, Will must learn how to separate fact from fiction as he comes to terms with his fathers great feats and great failings.

Live Blog

0:39Did I accidentally rent Finding Nemo?
3:12Is that Daddy Warbucks?
6:09Oh hey, look, a Tim Burton film with Helena Bonham Carter in it. Go figure.
7:30That’s not strictly possible, is it? I feel like an umbilical cord and something called friction might get in the way.
11:48He’s brave. Or stupid.
12:49That kid does look like he could grow up to be Ewan McGregor.
19:48Three years in bed! I couldn’t cope.
22:13Woah, they really are a mob with pitchforks.
28:43It got to be nighttime quite quickly - maybe that’s where LOST got it from.
29:53Are you kidding me? I’m supposed to empathise with a character that willingly walks through webs of jumping spiders??
32:12Hehehe, it’s Steve Buscemi! Love him.
32:59That woman is weird looking. What have I seen her in? (Post film research says Friends.)
36:51The lawn looks so lush you could almost eat it. Well, probably not actually.
40:44If simply saying “this isn’t how I die” worked, the NHS would be much better off.
43:13That seems quite intimate for a daughter-in-law. Why is she even in his room?
46:21Oh no, circuses are scary.
49:24Let’s be fair. Anyone is a collusus compared to Danny Devito.
50:45How do they do that with the popcorn?
55:48No one would be satisfied with just daffodils after all that work.
58:58How can he throw a stick after being shot in the arm?
1:00:33Where did he get that suit from? Bah, I must stop picking holes.
1:05:45“He’s almost a stranger and I prefer him to you.”
1:08:18This is ever so reminiscent of Forrest Gump, only Bloom is not so oblivious to goings on around him.
1:14:29I’d be like, dude, I just hung that washing up.
1:20:20What if being himself is telling stories? What’s so wrong with that?
1:24:58It takes a certain kind of person to be accidentally roped into a bank robbery.
1:26:10Buscemi always ends up wielding a gun somehow.
1:34:53Oh no! Where’s the lush green lawn gone?
1:39:47The giant is back, yay.
1:46:49I suppose a film like this is never going to end well.
1:55:53I don’t know if I’d want to be called a “very big fish.”


I have to say, the trailer for this does not make it particularly appealing, but Ewan McGregor has not let me down before, and it comes highly recommended from several places. Who am I to say no?

Despite the generally negative tone of most of my comments above, the film was actually alright. As I mentioned, the trailer does not sell it at all well, and I think the fanciful nature of it is overplayed to make it look silly, when actually there’s a heart-warming story behind all that is going on.

Rating: 3 / 5

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