Monday, November 05, 2012

Frankenweenie

I'm glad I got around to seeing the stop-motion Frankenweenie, Tim Burton's sweet hommage to classic monster movies. A little boy named Victor, apparently living in 1960s suburbia, surreptitiously re-animates his beloved pet dog after it is killed by a car. His classmates discover his secret & set about comically resurrecting their own beasts. Mayhem ensues. The film is really about its artful visual design & happily macabre atmosphere. It's even in glorious black & white. Victor's classmates are droll caricatures of horror film freaks, & there's a spectacular finale at a burning windmill. I kept wondering who the audience for this movie is supposed to be. It seems too guiless for adults. If it's for children, it must be for rather odd ones.

§ Frankenweenie (2012)
Tim Burton, director

2 comments:

Michael Strickland said...

Thanks for the recommendation. It was good, and yes, made for very odd children which translates into gradual cult classic.

Axel Feldheim said...

Glad you liked it. Tim Burton's films do have a way of becoming cult classics.