2003. USA. Tim Burton. 125 min.
Thursday, December 3, 2009, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2003. USA. Directed by Tim Burton. Screenplay by John August, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace. With Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup. On his deathbed, Edward Bloom retells his life through exaggerated tall tales. This lifelong habit of subjective recollection alienates him from his son Will, who longs to know his “real” father. Burton’s adaptation shifts the focus and sympathy toward the elder Bloom, a character who fits the mold of Burton’s archetype of the flawed and imperfect, yet revered, father. Edward is finally redeemed in his son’s eyes only when the younger Bloom realizes that manipulated and invented reality is often preferable to "the real world." 125 min.