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Big Fish - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

TIM Burton fans will, no doubt, be eagerly anticipating the release, next year, of his first film since the disappointing Planet of the Apes remake, Big Fish.

The film tells the story of Edward Bloom (Albert Finney), a braggart, who has always exaggerated his exploits and experiences as a young man (Ewan McGregor), when he left his small town, in Alabama, for adventures near and far.

Nearly everyone Bloom comes into contact with has been spellbound by his terrifically tall tales over the years - except for his estranged son (Billy Crudup), who has come home to take care of his dying dad and separate fact from fiction.
The movie, which is based upon Daniel Wallace’s much-loved, but hugely surreal novel, is said to mark a return to the director’s ‘whimsical and quirky roots’, during which he won acclaim for movies such as Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice, and, of course, the opening two Batman movies.

And it is opening at selected cinemas in America (in LA, New York and Toronto) on December 10, in the middle of the Oscar season, before expanding to select cities on December 19 and going nationwide on January 16.

Needless to say, advance word on the project, being a Burton film, is red-hot, while the glorious trailer, which delivers a stunning visual feast, looks breathtakingly good.

The support cast includes Jessica Lange, Danny DeVito, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Buscemi, and Matchstick Men’s Alison Lohman.
The vibe surrounding Big Fish has been further boosted by Oscar-winning producer, Richard D. Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy), who claims it is the best movie he's been associated with - which includes such classics as The Sting, M.A.S.H., The French Connection, and The Sound of Music.

"This is at the top of the list," he announced, in an interview with USA Today. "Certainly, not since Driving Miss Daisy have I ever had such a good, positive feeling. … I feel in my heart that this is a marvellous film."

Ironically, the film started out as a venture for another of those family-friendly directors - albeit a much less quirky one.

Steven Spielberg had been attached to the project initially, but was too busy with Minority Report at the time it was available, so Burton stepped in.

But then one visual stylist’s loss, is another’s gain and the trailer alone suggests that we could be in for something marvellous to bring in the New Year.

The movie opens in the UK on January 23, but needless to say, we shall be keeping an eye on its US exploits.

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