Frankenweenie Review

Words by Naomi Jeffreys


In Tim Burton’s latest film we are once again faced with the ‘outsider’, but in this case we are faced with a whole host of outsiders. Each of the protagonist (Victor Frankenstein’s) friends are odd.

This is a departure for Burton, whose films normally concentrate on simply one outsider, Edward in ‘Edward Scissorhands’, Victor in ‘Corpse Bride’ and Charlie in ‘Charlie in the Chocolate Factory’.

Sparky, the dog in question who is brought back to life. Is perhaps one of the best features of the film. He bounds eagerly across Burton’s suburbia, he whimpers when his master Victor leaves for school. He has a love interest. So, although he may not speak, he says a great deal to the audience.

The film is a delight to watch, 3D black and white, which is an experience in itself. What’s more, the film shouts from the rooftops that it is a Burton film. Whether it through his actor choices, in this case, Winona Ryder portrays Elsa van Helsing, the town mayor’s niece.

Once again, Burton deals with difficult themes, themes of life and of death. The fragility of love, and the hopefulness of youth.

However, the film has a few teething problems, the ending is rather rushed, Burton stumbles upon a climax. Which includes a giant tortoise, electricity and some handy water. The ending is rather unsatisfactory. What is more, it is also rather scary, which is interesting as is distributed by family friendly, ‘Disney’.

So, if you’re looking for a film which challenges you, a film which makes you aware of the outsiders, if you love Tim Burton’s distinct style, then see this film.


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