… was not a miserable wreck, thank goodness.
An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption. (Synopsis from GSC)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first part of a trilogy chronicling the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and 13 dwarves under the leadership of Thorin Oakenshield and Gandalf the Grey, who are on a quest to reclaim Erebor, one of the last great Dwarven kingdoms, from the dragon, Smaug.
“You went to watch Frankenweenie? Isn’t that for kids?”
I found this ironic coming from a person who happens to really like Despicable Me. I haven’t seen it, and I understand that it’s a pretty decent movie, but from what I know of it, it is even more of a children’s film than Frankenweenie is.
To summarise the story: Clever and introverted Victor Frankenstein lives in a small town called New Holland (which really reminded me of the town where Edward Scissorhands lived). When his beloved Sparky dies, Victor is inconsolable. Then one day during a science lesson in school, Victor is inspired to attempt to raise his dog from the dead – and he succeeds! But some of his classmates discover this fact, and each tries to replicate his experiment, with consequences both dire and hilarious.
I think of Frankenweenie as Tim Burton’s personal pet project. He came up with the story when he was an animator at Disney, and eventually managed to get it made into a short film in 1984 – but that didn’t work out so well and Disney sacked him. Now, years and years later, they give him leave to make it a full-length animated movie, which he does with his signature style and wit. And proves that you don’t need a a film to be in full colour for it to be interesting. Frankenweenie, I give thee three and a half stars: ★★★½