Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest
Directed by: Tim Burton
Written By: Caroline Thompson
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 40 min
Tim Burton’s Gothic style clashes with the pastel tones of conformist picture postcard suburban America, in this great modern fairy tale. Johnny Depp is the perfect modern day Frankenstein. Thrust into a world that in stages, helps, abuses, misunderstands and then rejects him. At its core I believe it’s an indictment of suburban America as a stale and unimaginative world. A interpretation of Tim Burton’s own childhood growing up in Burbank, California. In the movie the residents are happy to conform and play their parts in the grand soap opera. The husbands go to work and play golf. The wives stay at home and gossip. All that is temporarily turned on its head when they essentially try to assimilate Edward into their world. When it fails, they turn on him.
There is also a touching love story, and great chemistry between Edward and Kim (Winona Ryder). The supporting cast are great too especially Dianne Wiest as Peg, and the score is one of Danny Elfman’s best.
This is a fairly tale so do not try to apply any logic to what you see. Let it happen and enjoy the interesting visuals and Danny’s Elfman’s score.
Best viewing format:
A matinee showing would be nice. A HD viewing at home would help you appreciate the imaginative production design.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
Has to be when Kim starts dancing outside as Edward carves out an angel from a block of ice. It looks amazing and Danny Elfman’s score enhances the magic in the scene.