Tuesday 18th January 2022

Big Fish (PG)
Directed by: Tim Burton
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Steve Buscemi holding his sack
Steve Buscemi holding his sack

Tim Burton's Big Fish stars Scottish heartthrob Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney as young and old versions of Edward Bloom, a loveable character that has spent his whole life telling stories. Unfortunately, his son, William Bloom, feels as though he has never really known his father and when he finds out his dad is dying, William tries to get to the truth behind his father's stories.

I must confess I have never been a big fan of Tim Burton's work (Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Planet Of The Apes), because his distinctive style has always felt a little bit too unreal for my liking. In fact, if you’ve seen any of his films, you'll probably find you can spot a Tim Burton movie within seconds, by it’s dark, oversized, overstated and unrealistic atmosphere. However, in this movie it really works – the stories told by the main character are equally exaggerated and could not really be shown on film in any other way.

When you combine this with the excellent dialogue and flow of this movie, the result is surprisingly enjoyable. The film is charming and the characters are very likeable. The story is nothing if not entertaining and you can really tell this movie is based on a book by the rich quality of ideas present in the storyline.

Overall, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Big Fish and I think it has easily become my second favourite Tim Burton film, behind the superb comic book hit Batman. Worth seeing and suitable for children.

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Length: 125 minutes
Certificate: PG
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Release Date: 23rd January 2004

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