No matter how old you are, like the classic, it's quite an enjoyable movie
Directed by: Tim Burton
Featuring the voices of: Catherine O'hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Charlie Tahan, Christopher Lee, Robert Capron, Atticus Shaffer, Conchata Farrell and Frank Welker.
After giving my brain a short but much deserved rest from reviewing, I'm back.
Ah, Frankenweenie. A classic from my childhood. Surely, when I first read that Burton would be remaking his own classic that got him starting in his young career, I was a bit skeptical. Throw in his trademark stop motion work, and you grab my interest, but still skeptic.
This remake plays the same as the original thirty minute short but Burton and his writer add a little more fun & games. Victor Frankenstein is a genius in his class and town, among other students, who prefers science than recreational activities or make friends. When his parents try to have him play baseball, a lucky home run causes Sparky, his dog to chase after the ball and meet a sad end to the bumper of a car. Not being able to deal with the heavy loss, with an idea of static usage from his science teacher, young Vincent comes up with a formula to bring back his dog to life.
Burton's reimagination had a few negative elements to bring it down, being his character designs and the usage of black and white filmmaking. Sure, it's targeted for kids as well, but find me a 21st century child who would beg their parents to take them to see this movie, when a colorful, more interesting movie like Brave and Hotel Transylvania is available. And of course, the characters. Burton is well known for his macabre designs, if any of you remember The Nightmare Before Christmas, but that's another story for an upcoming review. Most of humor in the experience watching it in theaters, affected the adults more than the kids. I mean, the most oblivious group of kids you will ever see, but hey, they got their pop corn at least.
Half of the movie can very much be the original if edited right, but I must say that I rather enjoyed the greater exposure to the Frankenstein themes and elements that made the classics honorable. You have the neighbor's female french poodle that gets electrocuted and acquire the Bride of Frankenstein white hair lines, the best friend who resembles a child version of Igor, and the students who represent the competition of the original Dr. Frankenstein.
So much was done right, especially with the theme of man's best friend; the relationship of a boy and his dog. The scientist and his tenacious assistant. Vincent might be a boy without human friends, but for such a genius of science, an animal can very well be the only friend he'll ever need. It also affects new parents who tend to not understand their children, and try to make them into something they are not, and accept them; be proud of who they will be. Finally, I must point out how Burton's use of technology goes as far as celluloid film, Vincent's revival factory and the mention of a computer, but no computer. So, he allows to show kids socializing and playing outside, rather than being locked up playing with an Ipad, because a box is too mainstream.
Overall, a lovely odd remake.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.