Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

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As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.

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Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria's (Emily Watson) families have arranged their marriage. Though they like each other, Victor is nervous about the ceremony. While he's in a forest practicing his lines for the wedding, a tree branch becomes a hand that drags him to the land of the dead. It belongs to Emily, who was murdered after eloping with her love and wants to marry Victor. Victor must get back aboveground before Victoria marries the villainous Barkis Bittern (Richard E. Grant).

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Johnny Depp
Victor Van Dort
Voice
Helena Bonham Carter
The Corpse Bride
Voice
Emily Watson
Victoria Everglot
Voice
Tracey Ullman
Nell Van Dort, Hildegarde
Voice
Paul Whitehouse
William Van Dort, Mayhew, Paul The Head Waiter
Voice
Joanna Lumley
Maudeline Everglot
Voice
Albert Finney
Finnis Everglot
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Richard E. Grant
Barkis Bittern
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Christopher Lee
Pastor Galswells
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Michael Gough
Elder Gutknecht
Voice
Mike Johnson
Director
Danny Elfman
Original Music
Pete Kozachik
Cinematographer
Jonathan Lucas
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  • Oct 31, 2016
    Made-for-Halloween movie with weak plot and many slow moments but at least provides a great and easy new costume option for women haha.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2016
    Coming in at a mere 77 minutes, Corpse Bride is a short-little-fun adventure, even though there could have clearly been some more room for character development. One of the things I love most about Tim Burton's films is the promise of an epic adventure. Corpse Bride is a far more contained story than his previous effort, Big Fish, but it does have some adventurous moments. In fact, it's kind of like a cross between Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice. But to me, there was just something missing. The voice talent is strong here with frequent Burton collaborators Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter tackling the groom and the "corpse bride" respectively. But I didn't find either character to be all that compelling. Victor Van Dort (Depp) is a shy groom with a lack of confidence, and he doesn't have the charisma to get me to root hard for him. On the other-hand, the corpse bride has an intriguingly tragic backstory, but also falls victim to bland dialogue. To me, the most interesting characters are the ones in the background who come and go with eccentric scenery. A film is only as good as its leads, and although it's impressively animated by Laika, the characters end up taking second fiddle to a gothic underbelly of strange characters feasting on the inexperience of the bride and the groom. I like the attempt of Burton and crew, and there certainly is some joy to be had here, but the execution just isn't there. Style over substance. To put it bluntly, the film itself is more dead than it is alive. +Eccentric side characters -Imaginative but lacks thought out characters -Incomplete execution 5.3/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2013
    Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is a morbidly whimsical animated film with a unique visual style. The story follows a reluctant groom who's arranged to be married, but is whisked away to the underworld by the Corpse Bride; a young woman who was murdered while eloping and continued to look for a groom throughout her afterlife. The plot's rather weak and doesn't have a clear focus or fully developed characters. However, the performances by Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emily Watson are fairly good. And, the stop-motion animation is quite impressive, and is full of interesting character designs. Danny Elfman's score is also especially well-done, though the songs are rather mediocre and unmemorable. A dark and surreal comedy, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride is entertaining but ends up being more style than substance.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2012
    Possibly better than A Nightmare Before Christmas, I rarely watch a film twice in a roll but I certainly did for this film. It was a beautiful but yet dark fairytale. One of the best animation to date, totally Burton like. Quirky as usual, featuring Depp as the voice for Victor. Most importantly, it's a musical, you can't help but like this film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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