Frankenweenie (2012)

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Victor and his dog Sparky are inseparable with Sparky being the star of all of Victor's home movies. So when tragedy hits and Sparky dies it leaves Victor with a huge gap in his life and heart and is why he decides to turn mad scientist and resurrect Sparky with the age of electricity. Unfortunately Victor is unable to keep what he has done a secret and as more people become aware of what he has done the more serious it becomes.

I honestly can't think of a director which I am wild about with each and everyone having their hits and misses. As such whilst I have enjoyed many of Tim Burton's movies I am not that big of a fan that I think everything he makes is gold. Having got that off my chest I come to "Frankenweenie" a full movie version of a short movie he made back in 1984 and whilst it clearly benefits from better technology and a bigger budget I don't think the end results are spectacular.

Okay so we are in the realms of stop motion animation and the smoothness of what is served up along with the detail of it all is impressive. And there is also the ghoulish nature of some of the characters which are amusing yet frankly not that surprisingly considering we are talking Tim Burton here. But the trouble is that whilst the first half of "Frankenweenie" has that classic horror feel with Victor trying to bring Sparky back to life how the story unfolds ends up ridiculously over the top and actually spoils the movie as it goes from classic Hammer horror to American b-movie.

What this all boils down to is that whilst there is a lot to like about "Frankenweenie" the way the story unfolds and feels like towards the end everything was being chucked in to the mixing pot of weird ideas which makes it too ridiculous and yes I know how ridiculous calling "Frankenweenie" ridiculous is.

Tags: Dog Movies