Corpse Bride (2005)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Albert Finney, Richard E. Grant

Directed by: Tim Burton & Mike Johnson

PG. 76mins.

Good, but nothing new from Mr. Burton. Gloomy and macabre, there is a very touching and sweet side to this unconventional romance. It’s 19th century Europe and Victor (Johnny Depp) has pledged to marry Victoria (Emily Watson), a union arranged by their parents of course. Victor is a nervous wreck and escapes to the woods to clear his mind before the big day. While practicing for the wedding, he puts Victoria’s wedding band on what looks like a branch. It just so happens that it’s not a branch at all – it’s the skeletal finger of the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham-Carter). She is quick to take Victor into the netherworld where they are now married and enjoy the company of some outrageous (and musical) inhabitants. Victor strives to escape the netherworld because it frightens him but the Corpse Bride has fallen in love with him and this proves difficult. It’s melancholic tone seems to be better suited for a more adult audience and as always, the special features will prove interesting for any film buffs. The songs aren’t as memorable as Nightmare‘s but the visuals make Corpse Bride worth a watch – * * *

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