Frankenweenie Movie Review

November 7, 2012

Book Reviews, Movie Reviews, Reviews


A little creepy, a little sad, and a great number of connections. It’s no stretch to say that Tim Burton’s latest masterpiece about the bond between a boy and his dog that goes beyond the grave has a little bit for everyone.

The movie begins by not just introducing the protagonists, Victor Frankenstein and his beloved dog, Sparky, but also the added 3D aspect to Burton’s classic stop-motion animation, all in one swift move.

In the first five minutes alone, Burton has already connected us to his characters and gotten us used to the setting, the dreary, generically named town of New Holland. It isn’t long before the story sets off, though, and Sparky is soon caught up in the incident that ends his life. Victor, an aspiring filmmaker and scientist, is saddened by the loss of his only true friend, and sets out to find a way to bring his pet back.

However, once the other children of the town realize what Victor has done, they copy his ideas. But instead of using the experiment for the sake of bringing beloved pets back, it becomes a rush to win the upcoming science fair. This causes big problems for the town when the other experiments don’t turn out right and it is up to Victor to undo what the others have done.

In a nutshell, the science teacher responsible for Victor’s ideas, Mr. Rzykruski, states that successful experiments must also have heart, which is also something that Tim Burton has certainly given this film.

The deep, underlying message that has been there throughout the movie is the bond between a boy and his dog, woven into the more complex themes of life and death, and learning to say goodbye to loved ones that have passed on.

Holly French

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One Comment on “Frankenweenie Movie Review”

  1. CMrok93 Says:

    Thankfully, Burton comes back to form with this material and makes it a dark, yet heartfelt tale that never goes that extra-mile to pull on our heartstrings and tell the kiddies something new about life and death, but at least it’s pleasant enough. Hopefully, Burton can keep this winning-record going. Good review.

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