This afternoon I watched an episode of Cupcake Wars on Netflix and the episode inspired this post. The cupcake makers were asked to make cupcakes inspired by Tim Burton films.
Beetlejuice, James And The Giant Peach, Alice In Wonderland and Edward Scissorhands were all represented during the competition. Where was Big Fish? This is a film by Tim Burton in 2003 that I was dragged to, but mesmerized by within seconds of it beginning on film! It is one of my favorite films of all time and I believe it to be highly underrated by everyone in the world.
The film tells the story of a man who is at the end of his life. He and his son have never seen eye to eye on anything because the father always seems to tell these big, extravagant tales. The entire film is the telling of the father’s adventures from his larger than life point of view.
There have been many times in my life that I have felt like a big fish in a small pond. There have been many times in my life I have felt over my head and drowning in my life, so I really feel as though I identified with this film. I also have a propensity to make things seem larger than life, or blown out of proportion, so that is another thing that I and Edward Bloom have in common.
This film only won one Academy Award and I find that that really identifies with the film as well. It is a larger than life film, as most Tim Burton films are. But, it has that one character (the son) who doesn’t think his father is really larger than life– until the end. I found this film to be awesomely created and, just as the son received a new appreciation for his father, I found a new appreciation for Tim Burton that hasn’t waned. The moral of this is no matter how big something seems give it a chance. Are you going up against insurmountable odds? Become the big fish and swim against the current.