Burton Sleeping With Johnny Again?

April 20, 2010 at 12:45 am (Tim Burton Themes) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I would do anything Tim wanted me to. You know – have sex with an aardvark… I would do it.

Johnny Depp

Depp has signed on yet another film with Burton called Dark Shadows.  If you are a Tim Burton fan you certainly must be a Johnny Depp fan because he’s in almost every Burton film as of late.  Though he is not the only actor that has been used again and again.  Wikipedia created a chart of how many times each actor has been in his films and Helena Bonham Carter is gathering up points as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Burton

I am not sure of why Burton reuses actors but I will give him, Depp and Bonham Carter credit for creating new characters for each film.  When Depp first came on the scene it was as Edward Scissorhands, a softspoken man with scissors for hands, then forward through time a bit to the fainthearted Icabod Crane who curiosity in Sleepy Hallow almost gets him beheaded, then to Sweeney Todd, the hard hearted man who will stop at nothing to cut the throat of the man who ruined his life, to our most recent the Mad Hatter who is obviously different in appearance with red hair, green eyes and gapped teeth, and of course, well mad.  Each character provides a new voice, accent, tone, posture, NEW CHARACTER.

Both men are brilliant but let us not forget Miss. Bonham Carter, the women with say in Burton’s world.  Not only in appearance starting out with Burton in a full ape costume in Planet of the Apes but presence as well.  Gentle and welcoming mother in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory to the demanding and frightening Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland.  There is no stopping this women, she was an ape, then a big headed queen, she will transform herself into her character.

I assume it is easy for Burton to work with the same actors because they are comfortable with each other and know how they work, know what to expect and know that it will be brilliant.

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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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