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Big Fish [DVD] [2004]
Big Fish [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
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Price: £2.56

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Big Success, 29 April 2004
This review is from: Big Fish [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Firstly I would question the PG tag for this film; if I were young I wouldhave been scared by some of the scenes. However there is the argument thatthe story is designed for children, the whole film plays out like afairytale, a big journey with the promise of adventure. Burton has had funhere and created a rich tapestry of homely Americana and the mysticism ofthe grim brothers. The concept suits Burton who seems to have an obsessionwith the surreal and otherworldly.
Big Fish is the story of Arthur Bloom's life, as he would tell it. Howevervisiting him on his death bed his son wants to hear what really happenedduring his father's life and not the fanciful tales he has told. Theresult is a heart warming story which weaves between fact and fiction. Astory involving giants, witches and werewolves, (appearing in unusualplaces) it is not what you would expect. I love the giant, he seemsclassically 'Burton', and the look of this film is just 'right' and shouldbe up for a cinematography award. The actors also add charm; McGregor'swell natured well is played well, as is the rather more stubborn bloom ofAlbert Finney. I was surprised by how many good actors in this film onlyhave minor roles, see if you can spot them (Burton favourites DannyDeVetio and Helena Bonham Carter are two). Go and see this funny, artytouching film, elder children will love it.

Cold Mountain [DVD] [2004]
Cold Mountain [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Jude Law
Price: £2.68

52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Story, 29 April 2004
This review is from: Cold Mountain [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Cold Mountain is by all accounts a love story. I say STORY with strongemphasis; I have seen too many films which may have quite enough love butvery little by way of story. Cold Mountain is the name of the village thatthe film focuses upon with the basic plot of the film being the varioushappenings and goings on there during the American Civil War. A greatstrength of this film is its ability to set the scene and allow theaudience's mind to fully appreciate this beautifully constructed periodpiece. The characters are equally absorbing, and the audience findthemselves really caring for their welfare. Leading characters Inman (Law)and Ada (Kidman) are wonderfully acted, giving depth to the love storybetween the two. Secondary characters are not without their charm.Zellweger gives a wonderful performance in an unusual role, providingtouching comedy at regular intervals.
The soundtrack to the film adds greatly to its atmosphere, with bluegrassfeaturing prominently, and the songs showing a wonderfully resoluteoptimism to the sorrows of the civil war. As well as featuring in thesoundtrack, Jack White (of 'The White Stripes' fame) makes his actingdebut. Although his acting ability is not on par with Kidman or Law, hepossesses the ability to convey emotion through his music at an equal ifnot greater level.
As a whole this is one of the greatest films I have seen in a long time.It is beautifully acted, has an interesting and moving story and ismasterfully approached by director Minghella. A journey in film if everthere was one, this is definitely worth the trip to the cinema.

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