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21 April 2006

Corpse Bride (2005)

Johnny Depp (Victor), Helena Bonham Carter (Corpse Bride), Emily Watson (Victoria), Richard E. Grant (Lord Barkis)

Directed by Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands)

From IMDB: "When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her."

I would have found this film much more amusing when I was nine - old enough to find the dancing skeletons funny rather than frightening, and young enough to enjoy the predictable, fairy tale storyline and the terrible puns. The highly touted vocal talent lent nothing substantial to the overall production. Depp was lifeless (ha ha), Bonham Carter was cheeky but not uniquely so, and Watson was sappy and droll. I am not a huge fan of the Burton style (which is always accompanied by the Danny Elfman style), and with few other saving graces to break up the intensity of their influences, it was just too BURTON and ELFMAN.

I am a good span of time hence from nine years old and even the short 77 minute duration of Corpse Bride was too long for me.

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