Big Fish (2003): You're A Big Fish in Small Pond, But This Is Ocean And You're Drowning



Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Marion Cotillard
IMDB Rating: 8.0/10


Big Fish bisa jadi most favorite movie all the time saya. Drama-fantasy yang begitu menyentuh, sarat makna (terbukti berapa banyak quote yang saya cari haha), romantis, lucu, penuh imajinasi. Inti cerita ini sebenarnya drama keluarga, tapi diceritakan dengan penuh fantasi, tidak menya-menye, dan dengan gaya khas Tim Burton yang sangat imajinatif film ini sungguh-sungguh menarik dan menyentuh. Pertama kali nonton film ini saya sampai menitikkan air mata. :')

Edward Bloom adalah orang yang mudah dicintai setiap orang yang mengenalnya. Ia selalu bercerita tentang kehidupannya yang penuh imajinasi. Ia mengambil hati banyak orang, kecuali anak lelakinya. Will (anak Edward), tidak pernah menyukai sifat ayahnya yang senang 'mendongeng'. Baginya, ayahnya tidak realistis dan pembohong. Will merasa banyak sisi lain kehidupan ayahnya yang ditutupi. Dari kisah ayahnya yang bertemu penyihir, berteman dengan raksasa, tersesat di kota Spectre, bekerja di sirkus, ikut wajib militer dan menjalankan misi rahasia ke Vietnam, bertemu dengan 2 wanita vietnam yang kembar siam, kemudian dinyatakan missing in action, bagaimana ayahnya jatuh cinta dengan ibunya dan melamarnya sampai-sampai babak belur, ikut andil dalam perampokan bank, dsb. Bagi Will itu hanyalah dongeng ayahnya semata. Sampai ia menemukan beberapa bukti bahwa tidak sepenuhnya cerita ayahnya adalah dongeng belaka. Sebagian cerita itu nyata.



"Most men, they'll tell you a story straight through. It won't be complicated, but it won't be interesting either." -Senior Edward Bloom





"They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that's true. What they don't tell you is that when it starts again, it moves extra fast to catch up." -Senior Edward Bloom

"Sandra Bloom: You don't even know me.
Young Ed Bloom: I have the rest of my life to find out."

"There are some fish that cannot be caught. It's not that they are faster or stronger than other fish, they're just touched by something extra." -Young Edward Bloom

"I caught an uncatchable fish." -Senior Edward Bloom

(Yep. Sometimes, to caught an uncatchable woman is to offer her a wedding ring :). Saya benar-benar 'ngeces' melihat bagaimana mereka menggambarkan true love di film ini. Seperti fairytale dan sempurna. Tapi tidak juga seperti itu. Faith-uncatchable-wedding ring-loyalty.)

"Senior Dr. Bennett: Did your father ever tell you about the day you were born?
Will Bloom: A thousand times. He caught an uncatchable fish.
Senior Dr. Bennett: Not that one. The real story. Did he ever tell you that?
Will Bloom: No.
Senior Dr. Bennett: Your mother came in about three in the afternoon. Her neighbor drove her, on account of your father was on business in Wichita. You were born a week early, but there were no complications. It was a perfect delivery. Now, your father was sorry to miss it, but it wasn't the custom for the men to be in the room for deliveries then, so I can't see as it would have been much different had he been there. And that's the real story of how you were born. Not very exciting, is it? And I suppose if I had to choose between the true version and an elaborate one involving a fish and a wedding ring, I might choose the fancy version. But that's just me.
Will Bloom: I kind of liked your version."

(Ini hanya masalah perspektif, cara kita memandang sesuatu berbeda-beda. Kadang ada yang suka, kadang ada yang tidak.)


"First time he was early, second time he was late." -Jenny
"For your father, there's always two women. Your mother and everybody else." -Jenny
"I loved a man who could never love me back. I was living in a fairytale." -Jenny

(Jenny bertemu Edward sejak kecil, umur mereka terpaut jauh. Ia menanti Edward kembali ketika ia dewasa. Namun takdir berkata lain, Jenny menikah di umur 18th dengan pria berumur 28th. Sedangkan Edward menemukan jodohnya, Sandra Templeton.)


"Senior Ed Bloom: What do you want, Will? Who do you want me to be?
Will Bloom: Just yourself. Good, bad, everything. Just show me who you are for once.
Senior Ed Bloom: I've been nothin' but myself since the day I was born, and if you can't see that it's your failin', not mine"

(I like this conversation! People should accept us whoever or however we are. They always said that we should be ourselves, but sometimes they just push us to be someone they wanted us to be. Like its said, "If you can't see, it's your failin' not mine.")


"Everybody's there, and I mean everybody. And the strange thing is, there's not a sad face to be found, everyone's just so happy to see you." -Will Bloom

"My girl in the river" -Edward Bloom

"You were a big fish in a small pond, but this here is the ocean and your drownin'. Take my advice, go back to Puddleville; you'll be happy there. " -Amos Calloway

"Have you ever heard a joke so many times you've forgotten why it's funny? And then you hear it again and suddenly it's new. You remember why you loved it in the first place. That was my father's final joke, I guess. A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him. And in that way he becomes immortal." -Will Bloom

"You become what you always were - a very big fish." -Will Bloom

(The saddest scene ever when Will finally told his dad how did he go. Tentu saja, dongeng Will belum sebagus Edward, but it was very touching! Terutama scene terakhir dimana Sandra menunggu Edward di tepi sungai. Dan ketika acara pemakaman ayahnya, tamu-tamu yang berdatangan adalah rekan-rekan ayahnya yang selama ini menjadi tokoh dalam dongeng-dongengnya. Mereka nyata.)

If you can't be a big fish in ocean, try to be a big fish in a small pond. Get it? Manusia pergi meninggalkan nama, ukirlah namamu dengan baik, and you'll become immortal.

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