Big Fish

Young Edward: Ewan McGregor
Old Edward: Albert Finney
Will Bloom: Billy Crudup
Sandra Bloom: Jessica Lange
Young Sandra: Alison Lohman
Jenny/Witch: Helena Bonham Carter
Norther Winslow: Steve Buscemi
Amos: Danny DeVito
Columbia Pictures presents a film directed by Tim Burton. Written by John August. Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace. Running time: 125 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for a fight scene, some images of nudity and a suggestive reference).

Central Theme
If your life as a story is lived large, and retold larger, your legacy will survive you,

Studio Notes: In this heartwarming film, director Tim Burton (Barman, Edward Scissorhands) brings his indomitable imagination on a journey that delves deep into a fabled relationship between a father and his son. Screenplay by John August, based on a novel by Daniel Wallace.

Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) has always been a teller of tall-tales about his over-sized life as a young man (Ewan McGregor) , when his wanderlust led him on an unlikely journey from a small-town in Alabama, around the world and back again. His mythic exploits dart from the delightful to the delirious as he weaves epic tales about giants, blizzards, a witch and conjoined-twin lounge singers.

With his larger-than-life stories, Bloom charms almost everyone he encounters except for his estranged son Will (Billy Crudup). When his mother Sandra (Jessica Langer) tries to reunite them, Will must learn how to separate fact from fiction as he comes to terms with his father’s great feats and great failings. ‚© Columbia

CW Notes: A warm, witty and wise tale imaginatively told of every child’s question: Who is my Father?

At one level the movie reminds us of the importance of story. Mason Williams has a line in a song “this is not as true tale but who needs truth if it’s dull.” We can moralize about lying, and lying is not good, but there is a difference between lying and “elaborating.” Good stories are “elaborations.”

At another level this is about the inevitable difference in interpretation between a child’s memories of a parent’s life and the recollections of the parent of the same events. Adult children and parents should take the time to understand these interpretive3 nuances as part of understanding each other. Otherwise you will end up being strangers who know each other well. Every family has a ¢â‚¬Ëœblowhard’ personality whose stories have been told too many times. This film reminds us that there could be gold in those stories if we will but take the time to mine it.

Special effects make the fantasy and imagination of Old Bloom come alive and Burton creates a brilliant balance of whimsy and sorrow beautiful to watch, sobering to absorb.

Beliefs num
–There is magic in the mundane events of life. You just have to see it.
–Searching for “the magic” is a search for significance and that is a good thing.
–There is a difference between a lie and an interpretive embellishment or elaboration.
–Love involves understanding each other through the telling and hearing of our interpretive stories.
–In the blowhard’s tale there is a likely a kernel of truth.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What are the artistic merits of this film?
–What elements common to human experience did you resonate with in this film?
–What elements in word, deed, theme or behavior created a dissonance with who you are or want to be spiritually?
–What does this film tell us about who God is? Who humans are? What we are seeking in life?
–Do you see the drama in your own story?
–Are you like the son when it comes to your understanding of your parent’s story?
–How do you search for the significance in the events of your life?

Provocative Quotes byline
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–There are just some fish that can’t be caught. They’re just touched with something extra.
–The truth is I didn’t see anything of myself in my father and I don’t think he saw himself in me. We were like strangers who knew each other very well.
==Son of his relationship with Bloom.
–It’s not my time. This isn’t how I go.
==Dad (Claims to have seen his death in the eye of a witch) dying of cancer to son.
–I want to know the true essence of things events—stories You.
==Son to father.
–My muscles and my bones could not keep up with my body’s ambition.
==Bloom of his growth spurt in his youth.
–I was the biggest thing Ashton had ever seen, until one day a stranger arrived. Armed with the knowledge of my own death, I knew he couldn’t kill me.
==Dad of the giant’s arrival in Ashton.
–Did you ever think that you’re not too big? That this town is too small?
==Question to giant.
–She said the biggest fish in the river gets that way, by never being caught.
==The witch’s advice to young Bloom.
–What I recall from Sunday School was that the more difficult something was, the more rewarding it was in the end.
==Young Bloom.
–There is no softer ground than town. Grass is green. Sky is blue. Spectre is really GREAT.
==Musings of poet Norther Winslow who later becomes a bank robber than stockbroker.
–Promise me you’ll come back.
==Jennie of Spectre.
–It’s rude to talk about religion. You never know who you’re going to offend.
==Bloom of parrots in Africa.
–Tell me Carl, have you ever heard the word “involuntary servitude? Unconscionable contract?” Good. Sign right here.
==Circus master (Danny De Vito hires Carl the giant).
–You’re a big fish in a small pond and you’re drowning.
==Circus master to Bloom.
–It was that night that I learned most things you consider evil or wicked are simply lonely and lacking in civil niceties.
==Bloom when he sees the circus master turn into a wolf.
–Don, I will never marry you. He’s almost a stranger and I prefer him to you.
==Sarah chooses Bloom at Auburn.
–You have to understand. When I was growing up he was gone more than he was there.
==Son reflecting on Bloom’s life as a traveling salesman.
–I’m only seeing the part that sticks above the water. I don’t know who you are¢â‚¬¦you tell amusing lies.
==Son to Bloom comparing what he knows to the tip of the iceberg.
–I’ve been nothing but myself since the day I was born and if you can’t see that it’s your problem not mine.
==Dad responds.
–My father talked about a lot of things he never did and did a lot of things he never talks about. I’m just trying top reconcile.
==Son reflects on dad’s life.
–One thing about Edward Bloom. He was a social person.
==Line repeated throughout the story.
–Most men in that situation would accept their failure and just move on, but Edward wasn’t like most men.
==Jenny explaining Bloom to his son.
–To him there are only two women. Your mother and everyone else.
==Jenny explains Bloom’s fidelity.
–I was make believe. You. You were real.
==Jenny explains Bloom to son.
–If I had to choose between the real version and an elaborate one that involved a fish and a wedding ring. I would have chosen the elaborate version. But that’s just me.
==Doctor to Bloom’s son.
–I don’t know that story dad. You never told it to me.
==Son struggles to tell dad a deathbed story.
–You were what you always were. A very big fish.

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