* Before going into details, let me explain the conditions of my viewing. 9 am, got there late, I was very hungry, slightly sleepy, and the very cold room I was in made me feel very uncomfortable and again, sleepy, so I might not be the best or most objective reviewer, especially when it comes to my overall opinion.
Moving on to the actual film, Frankenweenie is Tim Burton's return to his golden age; he comes back to a more interesting, less flashy side of art, and creates a funny, yet dark story for people young at heart. Although the entire process of making the movie is long, complicated and intricate, the setting and direction seem to be quite simple and smooth. It doesn't try to be more than it is, visually speaking, because it puts the focus on the story and the characters, but doesn't stop in offering the viewer a visually beautiful film, in all its darkness and simplicity, and the black&white definitely helps put across the story better.
One of the strong points were definitely the characters- they are awkward, they are quirky, and they are dark, but somehow you feel for them and understand their actions, although it's not something you see day to day. My favourite has to be the Weird Girl and her furry white cat- they stole the show for me (can we have a spin-off, mister Burton?). The science teacher, Edgar and Elsa are also highlights, in great cast.
But here's my problem and overall observation. Is Frankenweenie a good film? Yes. Is it very well made, with good direction and script? Yes. Is it visually beautiful? Yes. Was I excited about it afterwards? No. Did it touch my heart or move me emotionally? No. Do I think ParaNorman is better? Yes. Why? Because ultimately, it's funnier and more appealing.
In the end, do I recommend Frankenweenie? Yes, but only because it's Burton at its finest and it will probably be one of the animations most people will see this year.
Good review Diana. Maybe too dark and scary for the little kiddies out there, but for everybody else, they’ll love it and fall in love with the joyous feel and spirit that just oozes through every shot of this great-looking film.ReplyDelete
Thanks Dan, it is, indeed, a great-looking film!Delete
Great review! I think as a dog owner I will have strong connection to the movie, God forbid something ever happens to Gustav - I'd probably try to bring him back too. I can't wait to finally see good Tim Burton movie!ReplyDelete
As a dog owner you will definitely find points of interest with Frankenweenie, I think you will love it!Delete
So glad to hear Burton is returning to form with this. ParaNorman and Frankenweenie aren't out here just yet, so I can't give my opinion on either, but in a couple of weeks I'll get my chance! Looking forward to both now, great review!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ruth, I hope you will enjoy both!Delete
Thrilled to hear that it's a good Burton film. Hopefully, I'll be seeing this one next week.ReplyDelete
I don't know why people bitch about Alice in Wonderland, for me, that was a good movie,too, but this is more special, different from his last projects..still, a good one, but I wasn't extremely impressed overall! Hope you will like it!Delete
Great writeup Diana, glad to hear this movie is character-driven. I'll be sure to rent this one when it's available.ReplyDelete
Yes, it'sa good one, and a DVD is the perfect choiceDelete
Glad you like this Burton film. it really is one of his best. I found myself drawn into the characters' stories. great reviewReplyDelete
The characters were, indeed, one of the highlights of the film, very interestingDelete