Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Frankenweenie: Quick Movie Review
Cast: Martin Short, Winona Ryder
Writer: John Augest.
Director: Tim Burton
** and a 1/2*'s out of Four.
Tim Burton's full length adaptation of his first live-action short has many great things about it and is a welcome return from the usual schlock he has made in the past few years. Filmed in glorious Black and White, "Frankenweenie" is a love affair to classic studio monster movies just like "Ed Wood" was a love letter to B movie productions.
The story line is just like the short. Victor (Charlie Tahran)'s dog Sparky gets run over by a car and he decides to reanimate him using electricity. When one of his classmates discovers his secret, it sets loose a bunch of dead animals rising from the grave with different, but funny, results.
Being a movie buff, I was excited to see this and loved all the classic film elements. I almost wished that both the opening and end credits were made to look like it came from that era, but instead it looks like it could be from any movie. I do very much admire that the film isn't afraid to give some really good scare moments and, for a Disney flick, that is a real treat. I just hope we'll see some good live-action fright flicks from the studio again. The only thing I didn't like was the addition to some of the story line from the original. Adding the other animals took me out of the story, when the focus should have been on the dog.
When I saw that Winona Ryder was cast in this, I assumed she would be one of the adults, yet she gets cast as one of the kids. I swear that woman barely ages. The other voice that stood out is Atticus Shaffer as Edward 'E' Gore. If they ever did an animated Casablanca movie, he would be perfect as the Peter Lorre character.
(I love this trailer. I wish this was the one used to promote it in theatres)
I'm glad that there are more movies for kids to watch during Halloween and I hope this one will spark an interest to see more classic films from the past.