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Big Fish

What a pleasant surprise! I recall that this movie wasn't especially popular with the big critics, but I'm finding more and more little treasures with Netflix, and this definitely exceeded my expectations. While I understand some reviewers saying that this movie couldn't decide what it wanted to be ... well, that's sort of the point. A metaphor for a divided man. It was very touching. I think this is one of Tim Burton's best movies. He reins himself in a little so he's not so over-the-top Burton, and it works very nicely (though, reined in, one gets the feeling that he really likes David Lynch, but I don't consider that a flaw at all. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, and all that).

It's got some very good cameos, and, perhaps because they're not Americans, Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney do pretty well with their Southern accents, making them a little more understated than the thicker-than-sawmill-gravy shtick that usually passes for Hollywood's interpretation. What was it they used to say about Vivien Leigh playing Scarlett? "Better an English girl than a Yankee."

I quite liked it.

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organfailure
Feb. 25th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
I loved Big Fish! It was so charming.
And I freaking bawled at the end.
It was one of the few movies I've seen where the character can be over the top, and it works so well. It was cameo after cameo of big names, and that kept surprising me!

I need to see this again.
pointedview
Feb. 26th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, I definitely cried at the end -- I wasn't expecting it to be sad, and I'm not really sure why, but it did kind of catch me unawares.

You're right: charming is a very accurate word for this film!
mumpish
Feb. 25th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
I liked it as well. Theresa hated it, as I recall.
pointedview
Feb. 27th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Huh. That's interesting. Do you remember what she disliked about it?
alien_sunset
Feb. 25th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed Big Fish. I cried both times I watched it. (that's a good thing)

I find I enjoy a large portion (but not all) of Tim Burton's movies.
And then, I also like quite a few of David Lynch's movies too. (Eraser Head hurt just a little too much to say I really liked it, but I didn't hate it either.)
pointedview
Feb. 27th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
*nods* I'm right there with you on liking many, but not all, of Burton's films. I liked Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the first Batman movie, but disliked his take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I'm a little leery of Corpse Bride as well, because I'm not sure if the gross-out factor is going to be higher than the amusement aspect.

I love Lynch, but I would have to be offered serious incentive to endure watch Eraserhead again.
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