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Big FishDanny Elfman's Oscar-nominated score, described by director Tim Burton as ''truly emotional,'' buoys the romantic dramedy Big Fish -- a simple...Big FishSci-fi and Fantasy, DramaDanny Elfman's Oscar-nominated score, described by director Tim Burton as ''truly emotional,'' buoys the romantic dramedy Big Fish -- a simple...2004-04-30Helena Bonham CarterSteve BuscemiBilly CrudupDanny DeVitoJessica LangeAlison LohmanMatthew McGroryHelena Bonham Carter, Steve Buscemi, Billy Crudup, Danny DeVito, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Matthew McGroryColumbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Big Fish

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama; Starring: Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Buscemi, Billy Crudup, Danny DeVito, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Matthew McGrory; Director: Tim Burton; Author: John August; Release Date Wide: 01/09/2004; Distributor: Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Danny Elfman’s Oscar-nominated score, described by director Tim Burton as ”truly emotional,” buoys the romantic dramedy Big Fish – a simple story, really, about the relationship between Edward Bloom, an eccentric father (Albert Finney), and his straitlaced son William (Billy Crudup). Burton’s absurdist flashback scenes entertainingly depict a young Edward (Ewan McGregor) meeting a witch, befriending a giant, and joining the circus. Ultimately, though, his reality-fantasy parallel falls short of delivering on his lofty ambitions: Tall tales get muddied, the characters of Edward’s wife (Jessica Lange) and friend (Burton’s real-life love interest Helena Bonham Carter) are underdeveloped, and the finale rings Hallmark card-ish.

The EXTRAS, meanwhile, are compelling: Character featurettes give great behind-the-scenes access, and a ”Burton Trivia Quiz” tests viewers’ knowledge of the enigmatic director.

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