|Johnny Depp: overstayed the welcome?|
|Composer Danny Elfman|
|The staged SWEENEY 1982|
Side Note: May I please recommend the available 1982 SWEENEY TODD musical filmed in front of a live audience starring George Hearn and Angela Lansbury… you will see what I mean in comparison. Listen to the rightful accents spoken by Lansbury... also an Englishwoman and the prolific delivery of both dialog and lyrics sung! A "concert" edition has Hearn as Sweeney and Broadway-baby Patti Lupone as Mrs. Lovett filmed in 2001.
|(l) R.I.P.: Jonathan Frid/ (r) Depp as Barnabas 2012|
|Original live-action short: FRANKENWEENIE (1984)|
JOHNNY CHAZZ: We like to think that most directors out there today have some sort of “vision”. This week, our attention focuses on Tim Burton and his filmography. Thus, what is
|ED WOOD: (l) Burton (c) Depp (r) Sarah Jessica Parker on set|
"The Nightmare Before Christmas", “Ed Wood” "Batman", "Edward Scissorhands", “Sweeney Todd” and "Alice in Wonderland" are films that would immediately come to mind when thinking of Tim Burton. I must confess that there is something “addictive” and “entrancing” about his films that make many of them a must-see. Yet, as Jer discussed,
|SCISSORHANDS: Depp and Vincent Price|
What is clear, however, is that Tim Burton obviously enjoys the work he does and the time he spends creating the final product on screen. As an artist (and this is such a key definition of who and what Tim Burton represents),
Over the years, Tim Burton films have endured a fair mixture of both good and bad reviews. This is the “reality” of what Tim Burton probably deals with on a daily basis, yet his work and his aim continues to be focused on high-levels of creativity, design and art within his films.
“Corpse Bride” and “Mars Attacks” were both abominable, so we can move right along.
As for “Batman Returns”, the film itself is certain eye-candy, but how in the world did it really have anything to do with what a true Batman film is supposed to be?
“Planet of the Apes” was a complete and total disaster with a weak script; horrendous performances and a storyline that was just plain dull. I would venture to say that it may be the worst Tim Burton film of all-time.
|"I'm the Ghost with the most, babe!"|
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” – yet another un-original idea was an admirable attempt to re-visit and to modernize the film, but the film lacked fluidity, and the heart and soul that went into the original Gene Wilder film. I did enjoy the Elfman soundtrack, but some of it was a bit over-bearing and where in the world was the tune “Pure Imagination”? That in itself boggles my mind.
“Ed Wood” still remains a classic from
Some might say that the early films of Tim Burton were a cast of good fortune. What I respect is that he created, in a sense – a new genre of film making. Albeit, not my favorite director or my favorite films of all time, Burton did take the plunge and that merits respect. Still, I remain intrigued by the imagination of Tim Burton and the willingness that he has to re-create classic stories that I grew up with and to modernize and re-create them into a new vision on the screen.
With that mentioned, it's still inexcusable to allow his ‘artistic’ viewpoints the opportunity to make farce of respected materials or creative freedom to make unwatchable garbage from previous or existing sources… the opinions of this critic, of course. A line has to be drawn. It would seem as if his income is now deriving from just recycling… and not the kind that is good for the planet! My rant and reason for the subject is to educate others in the aspect that we, as an audience, deserve better. It goes back to a prior rant in a previous blog topic in which I feel that directors, writers, studios…whatever, feel that it is ok to ‘dumb down’ an audience. Meaning, we ain’t as bright as we should be and that purttee flickerin’ lights an’ shiny objects distract us from the story…duh, wuz dat? The sad truth is that we are slowly moving away from smart writing every waking day! We rely too much on visual effects: look at commericals and film trailers... I remember when a good story and the general subplots were good enough to wet the hungry appetite.