YMMV / Big Fish

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Don Price is incredibly possessive of Sandra, and he beats Edward to a pulp when Edward makes advances towards her. But...is he really such a Jerkass, or was he just terrified of dying alone after the Witch showed him that he would die young? In the end, is he an antagonistic Jerkass, or is he a tragic underdog who spent his whole life being overshadowed by Edward only to die at age 20 as a direct result of Edward stealing his fiancee?
    • And of course, since all we know about him is how he's portrayed in Edward's self-aggrandizing stories, we have no idea how he really was or how the affair played out in real life.
      • And that's assuming Don ever existed in the first place. Given that Edward heavily exaggerated parts of his life Don could be a combination of people that got between Edward & Sandra or just made up just so there could be a someone created for the sake of the story.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: At one point, Will sees a large fish swimming in Edward's pool when he goes to clean it, but it quickly vanishes and he never sees it again. The incident is never mentioned after that. We never find out if the fish was really there (or if he just imagined it) or how it wound up in the pool. Or, for that matter, how a fish could survive in water laced with chlorine...
  • Growing the Beard: This is the movie that proved that Tim Burton could appeal to a wide audience outside of his cult fanbase of gothic fantasy and black comedy fans.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A movie about a raconteur who dies on his own terms inspired Spalding Gray to commit suicide.
    • Karl, despite his gigantism, would live a good long life in the film, outliving Edward who seemed to be younger than him. His actor would die of complications from his condition just a few years later.
  • Heartwarming Moments: See the page.
  • Narm: "You are what you always were...a very big fish."
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Edward's rival Don can never hope to best him at anything, not even love. Edward just helps himself to his fiancee purely because of her looks and tells the audience that Don's a Jerkass for beating him to the punch that one time. Then he dies on the toilet alone and still in his 20s.