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Movie Review: Frankenweenie (2012)

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Plot Summary (Taken from IMDB): Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended  consequences.

My Review: One of the best things about this movie is the creative plot. It fuses Frankenstein and other types of monsters together. Seeing them come to life in this movie is entertaining and a good homage to certain film genres.

Another aspect of the movie deserving praise is the film’s score. Danny Elfman has done well scoring previous Tim Burton films and this one is just as good as the others. It makes certain moments in the film more emotionally palpable.  Like the film’s plot, the music is reminiscent of classic black and white horror films.

When it comes to the flaws, one of them is the human characters. Other than having some of them being influenced by characters from Frankenstein, they are flat. While the animals in the film make up for the slack, it makes one wish they were the main characters instead.

The worse flaw in the film is the ending. Even if it is a Disney film, it could have a good lesson for kids about death. In fact, Tim Burton could have paid homage to one or two of his own films if he had thought about it more.

All in all, this is not one of Burton’s best films, but it is also not his worst.  It is a cute film perfect for families.

Written by Serena Zola

October 3, 2013 at 7:57 PM

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