“Sandra Templeton, I love you and I WILL marry you!” exclaimed Edward Bloom, played by Ewan McGregor in Tim Burton’s Big Fish. In the next few minutes, we are watching Edward’s efforts in trying to win Sandra, who’s already engaged to someone else. But Edward always persevered with his sincerity, as he’s done throughout the film. This compilation of efforts would then be topped by a gorgeous scene in which Edward filled the field in front of Sandra’s dorm with daffodils, her favorite flower.
The first time I’ve ever seen this particular moment of Big Fish, I literally gasped. It was the combination of the very endearing story that is building up so well up until that point and all the pretty yellow that the daffodils present. It’s such an extravagant scene, in a way. Rarely in real life we encounter an occurrence such as this, but there is a certain simplicity to it that makes it so sweet. This man Edward Bloom doesn’t know much about the girl he thinks is the love of his life. She doesn’t even know him that well. All he got going on for him was that he wants to put out an effort, he’s not afraid to look foolish or stupid, and he knows that she loves daffodils.
This moment really embodies how love can be such a great thing to happen to anyone. And it’s not just the romantic kind of love between a boy and a girl. Lots of people have gone lengths and lengths trying to make a parent, a sibling, a friend or sometimes even a stranger happy. In the end, it isn’t just about expressing your love towards someone, but it’s about making someone happy so that you can feel happy yourself.
The daffodils scene always make me cry every time I watch this movie. It is truly the best feeling. Oh, and it is even better, because in the end Sandra married Edward. (Of course, she did.)