7. Frankenweenie / Tim Burton
I know, I know, it’s not cool to like Tim Burton anymore. I don’t know if it’s because we’ve grown up or because of his pretty terrible last features, but there’s no doubt Burton isn’t the director he used to be. However, by going back to an old idea and to his favourite medium, there was still some good chance Frankenweenie was going to be interesting. As a great admirer of Burton’s early work and particularly of his animation, this movie was a real treat. It felt like seeing a mash-up of his greatest ideas integrated perfectly into a storyline. Of course, that means the final result isn’t all that original compared to his other films. Some of the resemblances were funny but other felt questionable. Another Victor and another dead dog? Wait, wasn’t that Corpse Bride already? I know, it’s all about Victor Frankenstein but still it felt rather strange. I loved the science teacher’s Vincent Price-y appearance and the Weird Girl who reminded me quite a lot of Burton’s earlier Staring Girl. Victor’s class felt like the cast of the sequel to The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy. The strength of the movie definitely lies in the mastering of the techniques. The animation is clean and well done, moments of suspense are carefully orchestrated. It’s probably the good in being one of Burton’s more recent movies. The director knows his art and has the money to put all his ideas to life. Actually, Frankenweenie could be like an optimized, condensed version of every movie Tim Burton has directed. It doesn’t offer much new ideas or material but it’s so well done that you can’t help loving it. The ending was a little quick in my opinion and could have used more of a “moral”. I didn’t quite understand how the townsfolk suddenly decided to help Victor. Anyway, Frankenweenie was a very nice kids’ movie and provided a lot of funny referenced for adults (like the japanese kid creating a Godzilla-like monster) and a reassuring watch for Burton fans who might have been disappointed by his latest movies.