Oy. I wanted to like this movie. And I kinda liked the last half-hour. The first half-hour, I thought, was awful. So, by comparison, everything after it just got better. I just didn’t dig the format — and I don’t think I dig the message. What is the message, really? Lie to your son? Big Fish seemed to me so obviously a book that should have stayed a book. There are a few neat ideas in here, and that’s what gives it the “C+” — but all props go to the book’s author.
Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.