It has become a platitude to refer to a film as "cinema at its
finest," but to apply this saying to "Big Fish" would be an
understatement of epic proportions.
Tim Burton crafted a film that transforms the mundane into the
majestic. This awe-inspiring flick captures the imagination and heart
of viewers with an elegance that seldom graces the silver screen.
The narrative consists of a son discovering the truth behind his
father's incredulous, albeit fabulous adventures. Ewan McGregor
portrays the father in the accounts that initially irk the son for
their grandiosity. These tall tales are marked by trademark Burton
flair and a charisma from the ensemble cast that is truly superb. The
journeys through these tales have subtexts and emotions that are not
easily lost on moviegoers.
This film is hypnotic, deliriously funny and heart wrenching,
without ever losing a beat. "Big Fish" is obviously the product of
sedulous work and the true labor of love that a film can aspire. It
effortlessly mesmerizes the audience and elevates to a crescendo that
reaches the audience on an exquisite level.
The pity in modern cinema is that there is a paucity of films that
exhibit the honesty of this film. Hollywood is bereft of originality
and sincerity, and "Big Fish" is a reprieve. This is the sleeper hit
of the season, and I recommend it to all.
* EVAN MARMOL is Laguna Beach resident. He graduated from UC
Irvine with a degree in psychology and social behavior.