Has Tim Burton Lost His Edge?

April 19, 2010 at 11:40 pm (Tim Burton Themes) (, , , , , )

“I treat every movie like it’s my next-and-last.”

Tim Burton

Some would say yes with the release of his more recent films, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland.  As a die-hard Burton fan I feel he can do no wrong, besides agree to “some” CGI usage to cut cost.  Some may say his films are slowly losing their “Burtonesque touch” and I would sadly have to agree after watching Alice in Wonderland. I would like to say it is because of the over usage of CGI, which makes everything look crisp or too clean.  He did create a wonderful Chocolate factory and Wonderland but they seem to have the influence of “Disney” artist, compared to his films such as Edward Scissorhands and even his more recent Corpse Bride.  Though I can not convince myself that I am disappointed with this man as I sit in bed and push play to enter his film world.

Maybe this is just the evolution of Tim Burton

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Off With Their Heads!

April 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm (Alice in Wonderland) (, , , , , )

“With other people she can play humans. With me, it’s completely non-human characters.”

Tim Burton

I feel the best part about Alice in Wonderland was Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen.  Her character is visually loud and demands attention when she walks onto the screen.  This is where the CGI does pays off because they make her head much larger than life and shows how “big-headed” she is.

Bonham Carter was very successful in making the Red Queen real.  I would not cross her.  As she demands to know who ate her tarts, even those she asks who are innocent are frightened.  She makes her way down the line to the thief, lowers her voice and asks, “Did you steal my tarts?”  Wipes the tart off his mouth and gives him no time to explain before yelling, “Off with his head!”

Burton and Bonham Carter have been very successful as he is with Depp, in creating wonderful and new characters with each new film.  Sadly Anne Hathaway’s White Queen was not as impressive.  I felt she was too stiff or too forceful with her body language which did not match her gentle voice.  From an online interview she stated that she took influence from Blondie’s Debbie Harry as a gentle-looking but powerful women.  She was not convincing enough for me.  She did not seem to fit into a Tim Burton film.  Helena Bonham Carter’s queen overshadows Anne Hathaway’s White Queen in every way, performance and visually.

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Wonderland

April 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm (Alice in Wonderland) (, , , , , , , )

“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality”

Tim Burton

Watching Alice in Wonderland made me thankful that Tim Burton still makes film, though the much used CGI muffled down the Tim Burton feel.  It was too crisp to be a Tim Burton film, that’s because it is also a Disney film.   Though if anyone should have made this film, it is Tim Burton, who can make a true Wonderland.

With a PG rating Burton had to keep a minimal to any gore.  Disney gave him enough room to create the Red Queen’s bloody moat which is filled with the head’s of her victims.  At one point Alice has shrunken and must cross the moat by using the heads as stepping-stones.

The color palette used was a bit more brighter than our usual Burton films.  This can be noticed in his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in which they also used a lot of CGI.  I’m not sure if it was Disney that demanded a brighter film or if the artist involved in the CGI but we are far from Edward Scissorhand’s house and Halloweentown.

Overall I would suggest anyone who is a Tim Burton fan to go and watch this film, because no matter if it’s “not the same” because of Disney or Burton creating a more friendly vibe because he now has children himself, it is still a Tim Burton film.

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