The Nightmare Before Christmas Reviews
The animation and claymation are just perfect. Everything is just so beautifully done. It's so eerily atmospheric with brilliant lighting of greens and yellows. The attention to detail in this movie is astounding. Everything, from the little sounds to the landscape and backgrounds.
I think a big part of this movie might have to do with Tim Burton and maybe his problems with finding the meaning or the point of Christmas. The whole black light scene with Oogie Boogie was amazing. All the different colors and shades were astounding to look at.
The facial expressions of some of the characters are hilarious at times. Wow, to see what the boogie man is really made up of was pretty spooky.
Some scary, Halloween-like place is introduced to Christmas. Everything here is made creepy and silly and they try to do the same ting about Christmas too. A fraud Santa, giving out nasty presents et cetera. It got the potential of being a masterpiece and many viewers see the film this way. For me it's a big downer.
I saw it with a bunch of twelve year olds. Many of them found it flat and pretty boring, I found that a bit weird, since it's rated eleven plus. I was never amazed myself and I'm sure we all found it a bit dated. It looks good today, but it's few funny scenes, few scary scenes and all the smart scenes never makes up for it. Loads of songs, most of them very well written, but there are just too many of them for me. I found it rather boring, even if the presentation, idea and story is rock solid. I was hoping for way more.
5 out of 10 Chrisweens.
Still, I managed to get used to that, and I now like this movie. Although it's too much of a musical for a stop motion animation film, and there's not much humour like there is in the Aardman films. But the story, the characters and the songs are all good.
Warning: if you're a scared little child and if you watch this on the night before Christmas - well, let's count that as a Nightmare Before Christmas. Otherwise - classic movie for all ages!
Contrast this poor effort with the magnificent Beauty and the Beast. At the end of both films I was shaking my head, once from ear-ringing sensory overload, and once in profound amazement.