8 July 2014

Corpse Bride


Corpse Bride 2005
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Based on book:  no
  • Cast: voices of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Joanna Lumley, Albert Finney, Richard E. Grant, Jane Horrocks
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Depp -  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Helena Bonham Carter – Les Misérables, Great Expectations, Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter, Toast, The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Absolutely Fabulous, Enid, Terminator Salvation, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, Conversations with Other Women, Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Fight Club, Keep the Aspidistras Flying, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein, Howards End, Hamlet, A Room with a View
    • Emily Watson – Equilibrium, Breaking the Waves, Hilary and Jackie, Gosford Park, Wah-Wah, Cradle Will Rock.
    • Joanna Lumley –  Absolutely Fabulous, Ella Enchanted, Cold Comfort Farm, Shirley Valentine
    • Albert Finney - The Bourne Ultimatum, A Good Year, Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Breakfast of Champions, Cold Lazarus, Miller’s Crossing, Tom Jones
    • Richard E. Grant – Dracula, Twelfth Night (1996), Wah-Wah, Me Myself and Kubrick, Gosford Park, Keep the Aspidistras Flying, Cold Lazarus, Withnail and I
    • Jane Horrocks – Absolutely Fabulous, Gracie, Born Romantic, Little Voice, Life Is Sweet
  • Why? JD. 31st in JD Marathon
  • Seen: Once before. Now: July 5, 2014.
Tim Burton is such a sweetie.  And what a sense of humour.
An arranged marriage between shy Victoria, the penniless aristocratic daughter of dreadful parents, and socially inept Victor, the son of gauche nouveau riche fishmongers – comes to nought when Victor wanders into a haunted forest and accidently marries the corpse bride.  Sad, sad.  Victoria and Victor have already fallen in love with each other but the Corpse Bride is adamant and Victoria is snatched up by the same nasty fortune hunter who had murdered the Corpse Bride for her money.
Never fear. It all ends happily and I find myself unexpectedly moved. The puppetry animation is delightful. It’s fun to try to identify the well-known voices of the cast. And the puns abound:  the musician Bonejangles, “dying to get down here”, “second hand”, “Where do you keep the spirits?”
It’s a trifle really.  But very likeable.
                     
3 * of 5

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