At first, I was like “oh no”, because it seemed like such a tricky topic but once I realised what my first pick was, it all made sense. All my picks have a sort of fantasy element to it, one of them is very close to the reality, but if you think about it, it’s still rather unbelievable. Long story short, here are my recommendations for a story within a story.
This crazy wonderful film was made during the height of Tim Burton’s career, and it shows. It’s colourful, it’s emotional, it’s magical and you still don’t exactly know what is real and what is not. Big Fish is one of my favourites from Burton, but over the years I have forgotten about this movie. There’s no reason to, because it’s quite fun. It was actually the first one I thought about for this theme as well, since the main characters son is telling his life story back to him.
I did tell you that one of the picks was a little unbelievable, and that’s how I feel about Forrest Gump. He tells how he got there, onto that bench, to people who happen to sit down next to him, and it’s a little strange. Sure, it’s unbelievable because Forrest doesn’t exist, but even as for his character, some of his adventures truly feel like a story he made up. Anyway, I still love this film a lot.
Well, I think this one is going to be a popular choice this week because I know there are many out there who love The Princess Bride. A grandfather tells his grand-child a bed time story, and it happens to be the story of the princess bride. It has everything, adventures, fantasy, humour, betrayal – everything a story needs to have. I did like the film when I first watched it, because it’s that sort of comforting humour that makes it so ageless.
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