Big fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film directed by Tim Burton and is one of the finest movies churned out by him.
The movie follows the relationship of a Dad and his Son, which starts falling apart as he grows up into an adult. The Dad, a gifted storyteller takes pleasure in telling tales to his Son mainly reflecting his life as a young adult. Being a child, the Son thoroughly enjoys the depiction of his father’s exaggerating narration of the stories matching to that of a fairy tale but by the growing age he eventually starts hating the stories narrated by his Father as they seem to him a lie, unreal, fancy and fiction. The fact that his father continues narrating the same fancy stories disregarding his matured age enrages him further and goes without speaking to his father for years.
The Son, seeing his father suffering from deadly disease sets forth his journey to discover the real story of his father to decode the fact from fiction.
Will the Son reconcile his relationship with his father and whether he succeeds in discovering the final truth about the stories, forms the crux of the story.
Its a beautiful feel good movie taking the viewer into fancy rides and in parallel touching us with the emotions of the father and son relationship. A good watch.
One good quote from the movie which touched the heart –
“A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal.”