Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The Corpse Bride (地獄新娘) or Review City

a couple nights ago, I went out and saw The Corpse Bride with some friends. It's incredibly short for a Hollywood, it was probably a little more than an hour. When I was little my favorite movie was Beatlejuice, which depending on how well you know me, tells you something or nothing about me. Anyway, for those 5 other people who are still jonesing for their Edward Gorey fix after his untimely death, The Corpse Bride is definitely for you.

Despite Tim Burton being vaguely weird and slightly Victorian on his own, I suspect that a lot of the plot, world, and visuals of the Corpse Bride owe a lot to Edward Gorey. The characters with their spindly bodies, pale faces and giant eyes. The largely monochrome color palatte of the movie. The names, Victor VanDort and Victoria Everglot in their vaguely non-specific European setting. This type of pan-European world seems largely to be created by Americans, and reminds me of the same overall tone of "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

Anyway, the movie looks good and is certainly entertaining. However, the plot's pretty slight. I guessed the "twist" in the plot within the first 30 minutes of the movie using Laurel's "Why is this person in the film?" rule. Possibly the animators might want to consider making the sillouette of the villain look a little less strikingly like the villain since this is supposed to be a surprise.

For those of you who have put up with this incoherent rambling, thank you. I'll soon just return to rambling about Asian pop. Don't worry, or maybe start worrying, whichever floats your boat.


Laurel said...

That's actually Amber's rule, ha ha! Speaking of which, last week's CSI had the worst, most insulting plot revolving around Asians. It was painful.

I read that the plot was based on a Russian fairy tale.

I still can't wait to see it. Anything that combines Tim Burton and Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter and Danny Elfman is conclusive proof of the existence of a benevolent deity.

Daniel said...

That was meant to be a twist?

Anonymous said...

will see!

lovelesscynic said...

I actually do think we were not supposed to know that Lord Barkis was the evil guy.