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Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride November 25, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

When Tim Burton and Johnny Depp come together for a movie you know you have to watch it. It is really of no consequence that what you are about to watch is actually a stop motion animation film.

This one’s a wonderful fairytale about a guy Victor (Johnny Depp) slated to get married to Victoria (Emily Watson). Though apprehensive of getting married to each other, it is love at first sight when they meet. During the wedding reharsal, Victor is unable to get his vows right and he subsequently decides to practise it in the woods nearby. Unfortunately, for him there is a corpse bride Emily (Helena Bonham Carter) on whose finger he accidentally slips the wedding ring and he is then transported with her to the world of the dead. Meanwhile Victoria’s greedy and destitute parents want to marry her off to a certain Lord Barkis (Richard E. Grant) who happens to be a wealthy man for their own good. Will Victor and Victoria finally unite…or is Victor destined to be with his corpse bride forever; you have to watch this flick to find out.

There are so many good things to talk about this movie. The biggest winner is its evergreen plot about true love winning against all odds. And then Tim Burton takes over with his brilliant visualization. Notice the way he portays the real world in black and white in contrast to the vibrant and colourful world of the dead. The animation is just brilliant. Burton and co-director/animator Mike Johnson’s creativity runs amok as they animate the dead characters in the movie…which generate ample laughs. The musical score and songs by Danny Elfman fit perfectly with the mood.

Though Johnny Depp isn’t there in person, Victor’s look closely resembles that of him. The rest of the cast is also great. I hardly watch any animation movies, but the prospect of Burton and Depp together was too hard to resist. This a must watch for lovers of animation flicks and of course fans of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton would not want to miss this one.


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