Big Fish

Jays Rating:

If you enjoy the bizarre yet interesting films by Tim Burton, you will definitely want to see his latest drama Big Fish. Just before the birth of his own son, Will Bloom (Billy Crudup) is desperately trying to learn more about his dying father Ed Bloom (Albert Finney). Will hasn’t talked to his father for 3 years following his wedding day when Ed told one of his imaginative stories about “a big fish that I caught on the day of Will’s birth.” On the way to visit his father Will remembers some of the stories of a young Ed Bloom (Ewan McGregor) and how he supposedly meets a giant named Carl, Siamese twins, an old witch with a glass eye and many other outlandish characters. (Sounds like my brother and a couple of my friends.) When Will begins interviewing some of his dads old acquaintances it becomes even harder for him to separate fact from fiction. It’s was so refreshing to see something new and this is undoubtedly one of the most creative films of the year. This movie is emotional, magical, unforgettable and has a cast that’s superb. Just like Will in the movie, my complaint is that one far fetched story after another made it hard for me to figure out what was real and what was fantasy. For example, has anyone ever really seen a blind movie critic? This isn’t one of my favorite movies of the year, but it’s very well made and I’m giving it an A rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.