Frankenweenie

19 October 2012 Film

Frankenweenie

Frankenstein’s monster just got a whole lot cuddlier, thanks to Tim Burton. In transforming his own 1984 short film into a feature, the gleefully gothic auteur clearly had a lot of fun dusting off his copy of Mary Shelley’s classic, as well as taking his striking stop-motion skills – so captivatingly brought to the screen in Corpse Bride (2005) – into the third dimension. And yet Frankenweenie might have been better off remaining a short. After all, it’s a very simple story of Victor, an awkward but industrious boy, who brings his dog Sparky back to life after the dog is hit by a car. Burton has little more to say throughout the tedious second act, before the film finds its way again with an energetic and delightfully monstrous climax. There’s no questioning the film’s impeccable craftsmanship, nor the fun derived from spending time with Burton’s wonderfully creepy characters. But, although it’s a loveable homage, ultimately Frankenweenie proves too weenie a tale to be truly electrifying.

ALICE TYNAN

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