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Big Fish
大魚奇緣








by Peter Malone,17-MARCH-2004

Big Fish

Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup
Category: IIA (Not Suitable for Children)
Duration: 125 minutes

For just a few opening minutes, it looked as though this could not be a Tim Burton film. What was he doing? Some father-son storytelling like A River Runs Through It? A straightforward piece of Americana? The doubts are quickly dispersed and we are back in Burton territory. Yet, it is unlike anything he has done before even if there are visual references to other films, like the box-house suburbia of Edward Scissorhands.

This is a film for those who delight in storytelling.

Once we have got our bearings, we find we are listening to a tall story about a larger than life fish, that Albert Finney is relating it at his son's, Billy Crudup's wedding. And, instead of it being an endearing situation, it is the occasion for alienation. It's the kind of film that defies a neat synopsis as it moves from present to past, from reality to fantasy, from story to story.

Albert Finney is masterful as he invents his life, especially as he comes to the end of it. Billy Crudup is earnest as his less than imaginative son who has heard the stories a thousand times but wants to understand his father before he dies. Much of the film is about his father as a young man who finds he has great talents, leaves town with a giant and finds himself saving a community, finding and wooing his wife and embarking on a whole lifetime of adventures from down the street to Vietnam. The young man is played with charm and supreme self-confidence by Ewan McGregor. Jessica Lange has a smaller role as the mother and Helena Bonham Carter gives one of her calmest performances as a mysterious woman who may be a witch.

That is description and a taste of the plot and performances. It is too difficult in words to communicate Burton's ability to create a different and wonderful world full of truly magic moments, a mixture of the mundane and the marvellous, the tragic and the comic, building up to an ending that diehard realists may be annoyed by but illustrates the wonder of storytelling.

 

 


 




大魚奇緣

導演:添布頓
演員:伊雲麥葵格、艾拔芬尼、比利告特
級別:IIA(兒童不宜)
片長:125分鐘

看了影片開首數分鐘,只覺得它沒可能是添布頓的電影。他耍什麼把戲?只是一齣父與子講故事、仿如電影〈川流歲月〉般?平舖直敘的美國人故事?這疑團很快解開了,我們又回到添氏的領土。本片在視覺上雖然跟添氏的賣座怪雞片〈幻海奇緣〉類似,但整體還是與過往的不同。

本片是一齣為喜愛說故事的觀眾度身訂造的電影。

當我們認清方向,會發現正在聆聽艾拔芬尼在其子比利告特的婚禮上,講述一個較生命還要巨大的大魚故事。這種場面理應感人萬分,但片中的情景卻異常抽離。本片公然抗拒乾淨俐落的敘述,選擇從現在返回過去、從現實到幻想、從故事到故事。

艾拔芬尼為人專橫,他創造出自己的人生,特別是他已差不多走到人生盡頭。比利告特則是為人認真、想像力遠遜於父親的兒子;他雖然已聽過父親的故事千百次,但仍希望在父親臨終前了解他多一點。影片花了許多篇幅講述父親年輕時發掘自己的才能,與巨人離開城鎮,並拯救了一個社區;尋找妻子並向她求婚,開展出一幕幕充滿歷險的人生:從附近的街道到越南。這年輕人由伊雲麥葵格飾演,迷人兼自信心爆棚。謝茜嘉蘭芝的戲份較少,飾演比利告特的母親。海倫娜寶咸卡特的演出是她從影以來最冷靜的,扮演可能是女巫的神秘女子。

這是我對影片的描述、故事情節及表現的一點體會,實在難以用筆墨去表達添布頓的才能。他能創造與別不同、奇妙的世界,充滿著魔幻時刻,混和了平凡、不可思議、悲傷與滑稽的元素,組成了影片的結局;頑固的現實主義者可能會覺得煩厭,卻道出說故事的奇妙之處。

翻譯:TMG
編輯:王慧慈

 

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