Voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Joanna Lumley, Richard E. Grant, Christopher Lee, Albert Finney
(7-Very Good Film)
Offbeat. Beguiling. Distinctive.
Tim Burton has his own style of film. Ornate visuals, bizarre stories. His Corpse Bride, a lovely Gothic fantasy, follows awkward Victor Van Gort (Depp), unsure about his upcoming arranged marriage to Victoria (Watson), and, through a chance mishap, newly engaged to the corpse of Emily (Bonham Carter), murdered years before. Burton and his team of animators do amazing work from the elegant character design to the dark lighting scheme. It’s a morbidly beautiful film, and a fittingly oddball tale. Emily is a wonderful character. The major drawback is the slight runtime. I would have enjoyed a fuller story, and more time.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-