The Corpse Bride
Posted 23 December 2004 - 10:03 PM
Posted 07 September 2005 - 11:43 AM
The Associated Press also had a story yesterday which noted that stop-motion feature films are pretty rare -- they come only once every four years or so, at least going back to 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas (followed by 1996's James and the Giant Peach, 2000's Chicken Run and now this). But THIS year is a little strange in that we have TWO stop-motion films -- this and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit -- and BOTH of them star the voice of Helena Bonham Carter!
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 07 September 2005 - 11:44 AM.
Posted 07 September 2005 - 04:01 PM
What's more, it features three of the actors who were in Burton's Chocolate Factory movie earlier this year: Depp, Lee, and Bonham-Carter.
Posted 07 September 2005 - 10:28 PM
This just gets better and better!
Posted 16 September 2005 - 05:00 AM
It's quite possibly the best film Burton has made since Ed Wood, if only because it is the least uneven. I loved the homages to Ray Harryhausen, Peter Lorre, and the original 1929 Disney Silly Symphony 'Skeleton Dance'. And I loved the piano scenes. And I appreciated the fable-like nature of the story, with the three main characters all being virtuous in one way or another -- though there's a bit of a "revenge" thing in the final scenes, which mixes elements of the standard revenge story, in which a person is actively punished by other people, and the
Like I say, it opens in limited release today, and it goes wide next week, so I'm not sure what to expect box-office-wise; if the studio was expecting a huge smash like Burton's last film, they'd open it all wide at once, right?
Posted 16 September 2005 - 01:22 PM
I've told lots of people about my reservations about Burton (and I didn't really like Charlie), but I am looking forward to this one. If only for the animation.
Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:18 PM
Posted 21 September 2005 - 10:19 AM
Also, the movie is going to be dedicated to Joe Ranft. I thought this was nice of the studio to do, since Ranft wasn't even involved in the production of Corpse Bride as far as I know.
I tried to find local showtimes last Friday, since I heard the film was in limited release starting then. But apparently, no Massachusetts theaters are showing it until the 23rd; the closest show I could find was in NY, which for me is not an option.
Posted 23 September 2005 - 07:38 AM
It's a Chattaway-Greydanus love-in on live-guys-with-dead-chicks movies.
Posted 23 September 2005 - 10:16 AM
Thanks, SDG -- I've already noticed a few people visiting my site from yours.
Posted 23 September 2005 - 10:19 AM
There were a few laugh-out-loud moments for me, but there were other parts where I just left feeling "meh", or like I had seen a cop out, such as
Posted 23 September 2005 - 11:51 AM
I'm definitely going to go see this over the weekend. It looks promising, and I'm psyched that it isn't computer-animated.
Posted 23 September 2005 - 12:35 PM
As you say, though, there's not a lot out there. And it's possible, on further reflection, that I might upgrade Corpse Bride to a B-plus. (But still, is it Top 10 material? I'll have to think about that!)
Posted 23 September 2005 - 02:00 PM
Curses, Greydanus... why do you have to write such insightful reviews all of the time?
Posted 23 September 2005 - 04:25 PM
Heh, tell me about it. SDG, I guess I never thanked you properly for getting me to despise both Final Fantasy and John Q.
Posted 23 September 2005 - 05:55 PM
: I just read SDG's wonderful review and dang it... I find myself completely
: re-evaluating the film. While I still think it has some flaws, I had completely forgotten
: about the marriage and wedding themes of the film - Victor's nervousness, his conflict
: of emotion and duty, etc.
As one who is quoted prominently in this portion of SDG's review, I smile.
: Which, as a recent newlywed, did resonate with me during the viewing, because I find
: myself struggling with those things as I try to reconcile the dreamy, naive ideal of
: marriage with the reality (and I also found myself wondering what my wife thought of
: some of the bridal sequences).
Heh. I've only been married 7 months and 10 days myself, so yeah, that's partly why these bits resonated for me, too.
Another thought occurs to me. The film's implicit criticism of Romanticism might express itself not only in its depiction of Victor's impulse towards commitment, but also in the back-story regarding how the Corpse Bride became a corpse in the first place -- running off with the family fortune to elope with some guy she barely knows, etc.
Posted 23 September 2005 - 07:04 PM
Mr. Jeff & Opus, you makin me cry.
FWIW, Op, I completely understand your initial reaction to the closing scene -- I felt the same way walking out of the theater. I still think Burton could've done more with that. But learning more about the original folk tale made me like the ending more, somehow. And the more I thought about the film afterwards, the more I liked it. Sometimes I don't really know how much I like or dislike a film until I write the review. In a strange way, it's a process of discovery.