This is not totally lucid, maybe, however it indicates a desire to flee through the zombie-existence of United states suburbia by the interest its repressed Hispanic counterpart. Corpse Bride, a dazzling display regarding the energy of antique stop-motion puppet animation a la Ray Harryhausen, boasts an exciting time regarding the Dead series, with dance, jiving skeletons who perform one another’s bones like xylophones and seem to not have heard about rigor mortis.
Animation, in fact, is actually the fundamental manner of the movie and its particular theme. According to a Russian folk story, and occur a Charles Addams-Edward Gorey grotesque Victorian neverland of grey repressiveness, it informs the tale for the hapless, stressed, impossibly bashful Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp), son of ghastly nouveaux riches fishmongers, that is being married, bride unseen, to Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson), child of two penniless aristocrats.
If they meet – unintentionally, illicitly – they fall in love, really touchingly. Alas, Victor flunks the elaborate wedding rehearsal, and, obsessively practising within the woodland, falls the band onto the mouldering finger of Emily (Helena Bonham Carter, Burton’s partner), whose murdered human body lies here. (more…)