Monday, July 20, 2009

Movie Monday: Good Burton, Bad Burton

I just got back from Vermont, where the movie Beetlejuice was filmed. Thinking back to that brilliant film (who doesn't love Michael Keaton as a manic corpse?), I get quite nostalgic for the old know, the one who made movies like Edward Scissorhands and PeeWee's Big Adventure. His formula of hyper-reality splashed with oddity gave his pictures a fairy tale patina, and launched the careers of the quirky Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp.

Then came Cabin Boy. Then Planet of the Apes. Then Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Dismal remakes and films that relied more on style than substance. Where were the sweetly strange moments of romance, the bizarre yet laugh-out-loud humor, the truly unique gothic touches? Even though he continues to forge full speed ahead, with three new projects in the works including a re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland, Burton seems to have run out of imagination. He has even started stealing from himself:

Look familiar? In ENG 101, we call that plaigarism. In the entertainment world, it's just boring.

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