Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tim Burton delivers the Goods with Frankenweenie (Movie Review)

Frankenweenie, a 3D stop motion animated film, is the story of young Victor and his dog, Sparky. After unexepectedly losing Sparky; Victor, inspired by his science teacher Mr. Ryzkruski, decides to use science to bring his beloved pal back to life. The end result is a crude, home sewn "Frankenstein-esque" creation.

While initially kept in Victor's attic, the "new" Sparky escapes leading to a somewhat comedically action packed, suspense filled unfolding of events.

Frankenweenie is a wonderfully odd, darkly funny film with an underlying sweet message. Ultimately, it's about Victor's love for his dog ; it's fantasy with a side of reality.  A philospher once suggested that if a writer could infuse a "human interest and a semblance of truth" into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative.

That's Frankenweenie.  It's classic Tim Burton, quirky and dark, yet brilliant in his ability to infuse human interest with truth enough so that you suspend disbelief in that moment.

Frankeweenie opens tomorrow in theaters. Be sure to check it out. One word of advice to parents: your very young children may not be the best audience as while animated there are some "gruesome" scenes that may be a bit jarring. However if you have 9ish (the age of my children) and above my guess is they'll be captivated and appreciate it almost as much as I did.

Disclosure: I was invited to screen the film for free. All opinions are my own.

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