Very sweet, imaginative story despite lacking a strong conclusion
Will Bloom feels like he doesn't really know his father - his habit of
telling exaggerated and untrue stories instead of the truth. They don't
speak for several years until Will hears that Ed is on his deathbed and
returns home. He hopes to find out the truth behind the stories but can
only get more of the same without doing some digging.
Even having watched the trailer I was unsure exactly what this film was
about, but I trusted that Burton's imagination would carry it. Having
it, the film can best be described as being about story telling in that
film is more about the wonder of the stories told than the actual
in terms of start/middle/end. In terms of the traditional idea of
narrative, the film is not perfect - it is not as meaningful or as
satisfying as I would have hoped, and this is shown in an ending that,
although sweet, is not as neat as I would have hoped. However the
that's where it is at.
The stories told are wonderfully whimsical and amusing, like the film
the stories have elements of truth but also be coloured by Bloom to add
to them. For me, it was very simple to get involved in the tall tales and
was held in the spell of Ed's stories easily - even thought it never came
a `real' solution I was still captivated by just how sweet and imaginative
it all was. If it sounds like I'm having trouble putting my words
it is because I found the film quite hard to quantify - all I know is that
found the whole experience to be very sweet and enjoyable despite it not
really amounting to much in the grand scheme of things. In this regard
film is a consistently imaginative fantasy film that is gently humorous
outright funny at times.
The cast are pretty good. I was originally a little put off by McGregor's
Alabama accent and it took me a minute to get past it, but other that his
performance was very good and he helped create the film's mood of wonder
whimsy. I think both McGregor and Finney needed to have that sort of
- I don't know why but it is a storyteller's accent and it does help the
material. Finney is good and manages to keep the spirit of McGregor's
character going despite not being surrounded by the images to support him.
The support cast works well whether they be tall giants or well-known
from Buscemi, Carter and Devito. Lange, Crudup and Cotillard are all good
but it is easily McGregor and Finney's film.
Overall some will find the lack of structure and real substance to be a
problem - after all, this is a film about tall tales and not everyone will
be able to enjoy that. However this is a wonderfully light and fun bit of
whimsy that is a lot better than I expected it to be. While it may not
amount to a great deal more than that, it can still be enjoyed for what it
is - a great fun story!
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