Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The electrifying dog is back from beyond the grave
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
For well over a decade now Tim Burton has seemingly been happy to coast along rehashing his kooky style and blandly re-imagining other people’s stories. However, I find it impossible to get excited by a director who simply appears to be going through the motions. Which is why his latest film, Frankenweenie, sounded potentially appealing. Based on a near-career ending short film and with autobiographical elements (Victor acting as an on-screen surrogate for Burton) this new stop-frame animated feature is his most personal and heartfelt work in years.
Essentially a simple story about a boy and his dog reimagined as a classic Universal monsters movie, Frankenweenie, lovingly homages the films that have influenced Burton throughout his long career. When Victor’s…
Definitive proof that Burton should never, ever work with Depp again, let alone other real people.
I know this is an easy criticism, but I really feel Burton has surrounded him with people that fit nicely in his comfort zone and as a result his last couple of films have been drab and not that good. It seems as if he just didn't challenge himself anymore, relying on routine.
I wonder if Burton felt the same as he now reanimates (.......I know, sorry about that) his first short film and turns it into a fun and very creative film.
The black and white cinematography, the production design and the insanely gorgeous stop motion…
Your dog is aliiive!
-Edgar "E" Gore
Two stop-motion animated films that pay homage to horror films in the same year. We have entered a new golden age of cinema. While ParaNorman was clearly influenced by the horror films of the 70s and 80s, Frankenweenie is a full fledged love letter to the Universal Monsters era of horror. You won't even have to pay that much attention to recognize the nods to Universal's big names and even a huge nod to a sub-genre of horror of the same time period. It even manages to sneak in a cameo appearance from a legend of the genre. Having an unbiased opinion of the film is going to be…
"Frankenweenie" starts out as a leisurely paced film about a boy, Victor, who loves science and monster movies. Tragedy strikes when the boy loses his best friend, a dog named Sparky. Victor then calls upon the cinematic and literary legacy provided him by his last name to shock Sparky to existence.
That synopsis offers no surprises to anyone familiar with Tim Burton's original short film of the same name. Now, Burton expands his short to a feature-length film and the results are more than pleasing.
"Frankenweenie" is beautifully rendered. The melancholy, black and white, stop-motion animation is equally handome, grotesque, and humorous. The animated environs evoke horror films of the past and Burton's own oeuvre. The vocal performances are solid,…
Contrary to the misleading title, this is not a porn parody of Frankenstein.
Does Tim Burton even care anymore? Or is he lost in his own myth that he can't see when he's doing everything wrong? Frankenweenie is Burton's latest attempt to return back to his roots. Unfortunately he brought all his rotten ends with him.
I mean, is Burton actively trying to keep this from being great? This is a film about a boy who brings back his dog from the dead. Why am I so uninvolved with this film? Why am I so unengaged from this story that I don't care? Why am I not weeping when I'm supposed to be?
Most of the issues here, once again (as it is with all recent Burton projects) come down to the script.…
Good animation, interesting homage to classic monster movies (including my personal favourite the Kaiju film) and is presented in a fitting style. However, at least 4 or 5 times in the movie I found myself saying to myself either "Wait for it" or "Of course". The lead isn't bad but is a little standard, just the sorta this nice guy loner type we've seen quite a few times. Do I recommend it? Sure.
I like the way Tim Burton's movies look, okay? And I liked what Mr. Rzykruski said about science. The whole feeling of this film made me feel safe and comfy. A few years ago, I would've bought it to use as a comfort movie. But I've become a person who cries when the dog dies in books/movies. Yes, even if they come back to life. There's still a death scene (or two) that leaves me cuddling my dachshund and sobbing into her neck.
All the non-subtle references really dragged the film down and it ended up being a completely unoriginal film.
Pues sí, un perrito que muere y revive dentro de una trama... Ah no, que no hay trama. Qué bien, ¿no?
Watching with my boy. We both love this movie. The animation is stunning, and the story is surprisingly deep and heartfelt. Probably one of my favorite Tim Burton movies. Certainly in the last ten years.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Although I exactly haven't been a fan of any of Tim Burton's most recent films, Frankenweenie seemed appealing to me. Visually, I got exactly what I asked for, as it is beautifully animated and there are tonnes of nice details and variety to be found in it. It is in the character and story departments where this film disappoints.
Despite being very varied visually, most of the characters other than Victor seem to be more or less the same; barring Victor's parents and the girl with the cat Mr. Whiskers. Every person in Victor's class wants his invention to win the competition, every adult is close-minded and selfish untill the end where they all turn around on a dime. If…
Nice little game of "spot the references to classic horror movies."
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi
- The Master
- Only God Forgives
- Room 237
The topic title says it all really.
In rough order of potential brilliance. Check out list view for any available…