Big Fish

What Is It?

The 2003 American fantasy comedy-drama movie Big Fish.

Big Fish (2003) Official Trailer 1 – Ewan McGregor Movie
‘Big Fish’ Interview

What Is It About?

This is how The IMDb describes this movie:

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will’s hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he was taken off chemotherapy treatment.

Although connected indirectly through Will’s mother/Edward’s wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine’s wedding.

Will’s issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world.

As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies.

On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him.

One of those stories from Edward’s childhood – that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch – led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death, knowing when and how it would eventually come.

The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward’s stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present, and future. — Huggo

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Big Fish Film Analysis

My Thoughts

I was at The BP Library working at my shelver job shelving some CDs (audiobooks) when I noticed one for the book Water For Elephants, that name seemed familiar.

I remember thinking that I had seen a movie based on this book starring the actor Robert Pattinson so when I got home I looked up the movie online.

Furthermore, I watched a trailer for it, and it seemed somewhat familiar, like I had seen the trailer before, but not familiar enough to have seen the entire movie.

Water For Elephants

I knew that the actor Danny DeVito was in the movie that I was thinking of, so I searched online to see if he was in the movie Water For Elephants.

He was not, and that movie was not old enough to be the movie that I was thinking of, and then I realized that I was thinking of the wrong movie.

So I looked at his filmography and I saw the movie that I was thinking of was called Big Fish.

There are some similarities between both movies, so that confused me.

I saw Big Fish once at a $1 movie theater years ago, and I think that the movie made me cry or almost cry.

So this movie is possibly in the short list of movies, especially live action movies, that have possibly made me cry or almost cry.

The end,

  • John Jr

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