A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
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BIG FISH
2003 - Tim Burton- United States
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Big Fish is a film so unlike any other Tim Burton film, yet is so convincing a Burton film. There is no darkness here. Just warm and light-hearted colors…. Bright and shiny colors that devour each and every detail of the frame! Also, much like found even within the darkest of Burton films, is deeply human themes and emotions. The film shifts from Burton's usual central theme of the "outsider", to a new extension of separation that everyone can relate to. Big Fish is a film that's universal and expands generations. It's a film of taking chances, discovery, and wonder. Burton excels when dealing with fantasy, and Big Fish is no exception. The visual imagination is breathtaking to experience. Blending German Expressionlism of the silent era with the visual creativity of the great Federico Fellini, Burton has established a trademark style of his own (to be called Burtonesque). The ending is absolutely perfect and very touching. You almost know it's coming, but it remains emotionally effective (without getting overly heavy-handed). Big Fish's beauty is really difficult to describe. As only Burton can, the film combines strangeness with imagination and ultimately hope. A smart and caring fantasy, comedy that connects with the child inside us all.
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