Corpse Bride Review
Greetings once again to all who read this.
Well, I promised movie reviews when I saw a movie, and this weekend I saw Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride with Jesse and Jack. I was not nearly as excited about seeing this as I am about next month’s Wallace and Gromit, but still, I was looking forward to it. I liked The Nightmare Before Christmas.
This was not as good as Nightmare. That movie was great mainly because of the outlandish ideas it presented, and the way it made you care about Jack Skellington. He wanted to be good, but just didn’t know how. There was a tragedy to it. Here Tim Burton tries to do the same thing with Emily, the corpse bride, but fails, in my opinion.
This movie begins wonderfully, and keeps it up for some time. Then there is a point about two-thirds or three-quarters through where it really starts to fall apart. I can’t tell you what happens without giving too much away, but it has to do with a decision Victor makes. You’ll probably know what I’m talking about when you see it. The writers really paint themselves into a corner, and I remember thinking “there’s no way they can resolve this story well”, and I was right. The end of the movie is very unsatisfying. I’m trying to think of something to compare this to… Imagine if at the very end of Return of the King the producers just couldn’t stand to have Gollum die, so they fabricated an ending where Gollum and Frodo become great friends and go on to use the ring and bring everlasting peace and prosperity to Middle-earth, and Sam marries Eowyn and Elrond opens a Krispy Kreme with Gandalf. And the epic-sounding music builds and everyone acts as if this is the end they were building to all along. That’s how the end of this film felt. Like something tacked on to quickly resolve everything and make everyone “happy”, while not actually resolving any of the problems brought up throughout the film. Then they try to make it all seem so noble and meaningful, while I’m just sitting there with a big “huh?” in my head.
Well, there you have my review. Whether you agree or disagree, I’d love to read any comments you have, my dear reader. Am I being too hard on the movie? Did I miss something that really made the ending make sense? Let’s have those comments!
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