Continuing my plan to watch every Johnny Depp movie in order, I come to The Corpse Bride.Depp reteamed with Tim Burton for a fifth time when he agreed to do the voice world alongside Helen Bonham Carter. Both characters look like the actors. It's not the dark horror piece you imagine based on the trailer. Its a sweet and charming movie about lost love. That's not to say it's not without its moments.I always see this as a companion piece to Nightmare Before Christmas, so if you like that, yiu will enjoy thisThe Corpse Bride grossex $53 million at the domestic box office to end 2005 as the 51st highest grossing movie of the year.
The problem is everything that's good about this movie (macabre humor, dark romance, unique design, original music) is just SOOO much better in Nightmare Before Christmas.
Victorian England and Victor Van Dort is about to marry Victoria Everglot. It is an arranged marriage - the two have never met before. At the wedding rehearsal Victor fluffs his lines and is told he needs to sharpen up, or the wedding's off. Victor sets about learning his lines - in a graveyard. In saying his vows he then accidentally commits himself to marrying a dead woman, the Corpse Bride.Written and directed by Tim Burton, this has all the trademarks of his handiwork: an original, quirky plot, a fantastical setting, brilliant animation and production and a catchy Danny Elfman- composed-and-performed score. Oh, and the cast includes Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, of course. Wonderfully fun and quite clever too. Some very funny lines and scenes.Voice casting is spot-on with a cast that includes, in addition to Depp and Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Richard E Grant, Joanna Lumley, Tracey Ullman, Albert Finney, Christopher Lee and Jane Horrocks.Despite the ghoulish nature of the plot, ideal for children too. Quite innocent and fun.
Looking for a Halloween movie for the whole family to enjoy? Look no farther than Tim Burton's "The Corpse Bride" (2005). It's a film filled with romance, greed, murder, and musical numbers. Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter, staples of Burton films, play the timidly awkward Victor Van Dort and the corpse bride, Emily, respectively. Burton's films are a visual experience that blends the pastels of the 1950s with dark shades from the Victorian Era and this one is no different. Though his use of Claymation, Burton is able to exaggerate the character's physical features as well as make the living world seem dull and dreary while the world of the dead is colorful and fun. While the living tend to embody the worst of attributes, it is the living who have the best human qualities.