Wednesday, 19 April 2006

Movie Review - Big Fish

I've seen this movie quite a few times. A young man visits his dying father, Edward Bloom, during his last days and tries to reconcile the stories his father told him as a child with the true events that took place.

The movie is replete with flashbacks that delve into the fathers stories with Ewan McGregor playing a young Edward Bloom. The movie follows the parallels of the young Edward living out his adventures while also following the story of the older dying Edward and his family. Each story as shown to the viewer is complete with lessons learnt by the young Bloom which he shares with his family and friends and this only causes his son to investigate these exaggerations and get to the truth. What he finds creates a deep sense of respect in him for his father.

What the movie does is, it shows us a fairytale like story with the young Bloom apparently leading a perfect life meeting lots of interesting people and it also ends on a high note by showing us his son finally reconcilling differences he has with his father before he passes away.The movie is immensely enjoyable and the characters that appear during the fathers early life like Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Buscemi, Mathew McGrogy and Danny De Vito are extremely watchable. The movie has a lot of silent tributes and pointers to past movies and is one of the best I've seen.

Movie Review - 11:14

The movie proves to be quite 'different' though not one of my best movies I've seen. It starts of with a young man driving along a deserted road when a body falls on his car at precisely 11:14 P.M. He thinks he hit and killed the victim himself and so tries to hide the body. This, believe it or not is actually the end of the story and everything in the movie that happens from here on is a flashback consisting of different activities carried out by different people connected to the victim which all amount to a really bizarre series of coincidences.

A number of people in the little town where the accident takes place have all embarked on their own little adventure that same night and in the minutes preceding the fatal accident manage to crisscross each others lives in more ways than one.The whole movie is shown from the perspectives of all the characters present in the story and so each perspective lasts only a few minutes.

The entire movie has a depressing feel to it as well. I really could have done well by missing it entirely. The DVD which is available at Clixflix also has an interesting feature where you can change your screen mode and actually view two characters perspectives simultaneously.