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This review is from: Big Fish [DVD]  (DVD)
What a great story about the art of story-telling. This is the first review i have ever written, which shows how highly i rate this film. I have watched it a number of times now... and each time it gives you something new and leaves you satisfied. There is so much to this film that its hard to know where to begin. Firstly, it is pretty obvious that this is a bit of a departure for Tim Burton, being that it is not as dark as most of his other films. However, his quirkiness and eye for detail remain (his best qualities as a film-maker in my opinion) and together with a story that is driven by the narrative (again-rare for Burton-esque films) and a cast on top-form (esp. Danny DeVito & Albert Finney) he has put together a great great film, that really does have everything. It has lots of hilarious moments, a few scary moments, romantic moments, and some very sad and emotional moments. It is a story rooted in reality with a dose of fantasy combined with a dash of Burton brilliance.... to make it truly magical.
This film reminds you of the power of story-telling. It tells you that it is a gift to have an active imagination and to use it to inspire others.
Its just a shame it wasn't a commercial success. On the other hand, it doesn't surprise me...for a film to be a commercial success nowadays it has to either be; epic in some way; full of CGI; filmed in New Zealand; starring Tom Cruise.
So, buy this film and make it into a commercial grower!
Oh....it has a really great song over the end credits aswell.