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Tim Burton should have won an award for this!
on March 29, 2015
Tim Burton should have won an award for this! Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney too. Heck every actor and actress as a matter of fact did great. Cannot mention them all but a lot of cameos of famous supporting actors. Some people are critical of this because they feel that Tim Burton used every opportunity to show off his skills at bringing us visual fantasies and special effects and there may be some truth to that claim. However I disagree that that doesn't take away from this film because we know it's a Tim Burton film and it helps us to enjoy this rather dark and gloomy storyline. I mean basically it's about a father dying slowly while his son tries to reconnect and figure out who his dad really is. This is not really a very fun and exciting plot line and I think to Burton's credit he made us enjoy the adventure of the father outrageous stories and gave us an ending that didn't make us want to blow our brains out at the end like some movies can do with this sort of dark unnerving plot line. This movie can be shared with you younger family members as well. I think probably the cut off in my opinion would maybe be around 10 or 12 years old because of the seriousness of the imminent death of the ailing father. My 14 year old and 10 year old daughters loved this movie and I was concerned because my father passed away about 5 years ago and it was tough on them as well as the adults. Ironically my father died with family and friends around while his health deteriorated till his imminent death. We watched him take his last breaths. Obviously I am totally biased on this one. Either way watch and enjoy this film.