Corpse Bride, first impression

Ok, maybe I’ll do a detailed review of this tomorrow. Or maybe I need to see it again to form a full opinion, sometimes Burton’s like that. I needed to see Nightmare three times before I really got into it. But the quick impression; aesthetically stunning, truly, completely stunning. Technically brilliant. I’ve never seen animation […]

Ok, maybe I’ll do a detailed review of this tomorrow. Or maybe I need to see it again to form a full opinion, sometimes Burton’s like that. I needed to see Nightmare three times before I really got into it.

But the quick impression; aesthetically stunning, truly, completely stunning. Technically brilliant. I’ve never seen animation any better.

Yet, there are some significant weaknesses. The script is ok, but not great. There are some really bad jokes, worthy of a low-grade disney movie, but not worthy of a movie this well done. The music is somewhat uninspired, though of course typically well done.

So my impression overall – wow, mostly, but with a lingering feeling that it should have been better. A movie this intensely beautiful should be a great film, but it just missed being great.

More thoughts as they form, there’s no question it’s a film to think about. And maybe go see again right away.

4 thoughts on “Corpse Bride, first impression”

  1. I squeel like a small child for Elfman, but I was a bit disappointed in the songs (aside from the one he sang as Bonejangles which I enjoyed).

    I think mayhaps I built this movie up in my head too much and then it fell short of the mark I placed for it.

  2. I remember when I saw the previews thinking it looked beautiful, but something about the preview said “ultimately boring” to me.

    Maybe I’m going into it with expectations lowered enough now that I can actually be pleasantly surprised. We’re going this weekend.

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