Monday, October 8, 2012

Movie Review: "Frankenweenie"

With Halloween right around the corner, all the monster themed movies are very popular.. and it shows!
This weekend we took the girls to see "Frankenweenie" (although I must admit our original idea was to watch Hotel Transylvania, but it was sold out).. Oh well, we ended up seeing this one and I don't think it was entirely worth it...
Let's start by saying that the film is a typical Tim Burton film, so if you're not a fan of Burton's creepy and twisted outlook, this is NOT the movie for you!
The story revolves around a kid (Victor), whose dog and best friend (Sparky) dies after being ran over by a car.  In the middle of his desperation and sadness over the loss of his dog, Victor performs a scientific experiment that brings Sparky back to life.. The story takes on from there and explores the dangers of scientific ambition as well as the envy that comes from it...
"Frankenweenie" develops in a dark city and all of the characters are creepy looking.. The movie is all in black and white, which Olivia didn't seem to enjoy much...
At some point, I thought the story was a bit complex, with some of the storyline derailing a bit and getting too macabre for what a kid can handle.. but then again.. it's a Burton film, so it's expected...
The ending is happy and the drama is overcome with the message, but I thought it was a bit dense...
I'd give this one 2 out of 5 stars...not the best, somewhat entertaining and definitely not entirely "kid-friendly"...

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