Big Fish

2003, Drama, 2h 5m

221 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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A charming father-and-son tale filled with typical Tim Burton flourishes, Big Fish is an impressive catch. Read critic reviews

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When Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) becomes ill, his son, William (Billy Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories about his life, and William thinks he's never really told the truth. Even on his deathbed, Edward recounts fantastical anecdotes. When William, who is a journalist, starts to investigate his father's tales, he begins to understand the man and his penchant for storytelling.

Cast & Crew

Ewan McGregor
Young Edward Bloom
Albert Finney
Edward Bloom
Billy Crudup
Will Bloom
Jessica Lange
Sandra Bloom
Helena Bonham Carter
Jenny, The Witch
Alison Lohman
Sandra Bloom (Young)
Robert Guillaume
Dr. Bennett (Senior)
Matthew McGrory
Karl the Giant
David Denman
Don Price (age 18-22)
Steve Buscemi
Norther Winslow
Danny DeVito
Amos Calloway
Don Young
Shephard
John August
Screenwriter
Dan Jinks
Producer
Arne Schmidt
Executive Producer
Philippe Rousselot
Director of Photography
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  • Apr 03, 2016
    So, this movie... It isn't very good. Personally, I believe it's one of those movies where the director puts good effects before a good story, and that isn't the way to make a movie. There is a lot of good actors and actresses in this movie, but they don't really seem invested in the story at all. Maybe because there was no real story to begin with. The book is a true masterpiece, but the movie heavily underestimates the potential of what could have been a brilliant movie. I'm sorry, Tim Burton. Try again...
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2014
    While the narrative could have spent a little more time focusing on the present, Big Fish is joyous, stunning, and entertaining. The film presents two sides of a father/son relationship and allows both sides to be balanced enough to where you feel sympathetic towards both. It is an entertaining and touching film, and on my list of top 5 Burton films.
    Joey T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2013
    Big Fish is a wondrous and fantastical film from Tim Burton. The story follows a son who seeks to separate truth from fiction in his father's tall tales. Featuring Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter, Jessica Lange, Steve Buscemi, and Danny DeVito, the cast is quite impressive and delivers some strong performance. And, Burton does an impressive job at creating a fairytale like aesthetic that enhances the tone of the film. Entertaining and compelling, Big Fish is a charming and sincere tale that has a certain magic of its own.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2013
    Beautiful visually and emotionally. A wonderful examination of relationships and mortality. Albert Finney proves again what a fine actor he is.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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