11/03/2008

DVD Review: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)


Horror movies usually take over the Halloween season so I figured it was a good time to watch a movie with a "death" theme that's not actually scary at home.

Enter Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, a film that I missed on theaters over three years ago. And frankly, after the watching the movie on DVD, I really feel bad that I did.

I seem to have love-hate relationship with the work done by Tim Burton. I didn't like his last film, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but I was OK with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Ed Wood. I would classify Corpse Bride in a new category: very likable.

The nice thing about the film is that it is a damn good story. It's a story about second chances and making things right, two themes that the film shows perfectly, with a dash of music and macabre humor. Edginess to the movie is added by the use of stop-motion puppets to animate the world. The DVD has a nice set of behind-the-scenes look into how the puppets were made, short clips that I found very interesting.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is not just a great break from the really scary movies, but a great movie in its own right.


Rating: 4.5/5


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