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We saw Big Fish [IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, official] at the cinema yesterday. A very strange film. Probably as close to a fairy tale as you'll get after being a child.

It's about a guy who has told stories all his life – to the degree that his son thinks all he knows about his father are made-up stories. The stories are with everything stories need – a big fish (obviously), a witch, a giant, a circus, Vietnamese twins, a castle-like home. And, yet, at the end they all turn out to be true to a greater extent than you'd have expected. Life as a narrative.

One story was that of the witch. Looking into her glass eye meant you'll see your own death. A story that has been told before, but an intrigueing one. Just imagine this really worked. It might turn your life into sheer horror or give you a lot of confidence. Of course you'll have to start worrying about things as 'fate' as well once you get involved with this.

The end was a bit of kitsch of the nice kind.

[Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

June 5, 2004, 2:18

Tagged as big fish, billy crudup, ewan mcgregor, film, tim burton.

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