"Frankenweenie": Turning the Classic Horror Story into a High School Drama
|As usual in Tim Burton animated films, thoughts of death are ever-present.|
|Victor at the plate.|
|The Master at work.|
|Elsa - she looks a bit like young Winona, don't you think?|
Victor does not actually yell "It is alive," because that is too obvious, but he might as well have, seeing as how he is surrounded by copies of the equipment from the original "Frankenstein" film. Unfortunately, the flip side of that is what might be called a "lack of originality," though that really isn't the right phrase because everything that Tim Burton does is original. His genius, among others, is the ability to mix the profound and the mundane in such a way that mundane appears profound and vice versa. Here, the story is so well known that you sort of follow it along, wondering what defining moment of some classic monster film Burton will lampoon next.
|Edgar makes for a good Igor substitute.|
|Mr. Whiskers and "Weird Girl."|
By now, if you are a Burton fan, all that must sound painfully familiar. One hopes that he decides to expand his horizons beyond the "it's a thin line between life and death" mantra that consumes so many of his films, especially the stop motion ones. The mere fact that this film is so instantly identifiable as a Burton job is both the best and the worst things about it.
|Tim Burton and his models.|