Tim Burton is the perfect example of how almost every outcast with weird and strange ideas on his mind turn into main trendsetters. Burton worked as a Disney animator before he decided to move on his own and become a movie director. He couldn’t make his own voice heard at Disney’s so he went out on his own to make two original short films, Frankenweenie and Vincent. These have been notices by studios and within five years he had directed three consecutive hits for Warner Bros: Beetlejuice, Batman and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. In no time, this guy was one of the most powerful and creative directors in the branch.
Dark, gothic settings and bizarre but charming characters are considered as his trademarks. While his style has earned him different opinions from critics and viewers, everybody agrees that his work is outstanding. Here we’ll make a tribute to our favourite movies from Burton, make sure to check them out if you missed some titles.
Big Eyes (2014)
Big Eyes is one of the few Burton movies that doesn’t feel like the director took the plot on autopilot mode. This is a story of the painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her dominant husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) who for years took credit for her work. Burton engages with the artwork and plot, tackling the question of how commerce and creativity collide. He is often criticised for seeming uninterested in portraying and analysing human beings. However, Adams’s portrayal of the silent Margaret that found her artistic voice before finding her freedom shows us that every now and then, Burton likes to hook to a feeling he cares about.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
This might be Burton’s darkest movie to date. Adapted from a play by the same name, the movie follows the search for vengeance by Benjamin Barker, a barber who now goes by the name of Sweeney Todd. The film follows the scenario when Judge Turpin cruelly sent Barker to prison years ago in order to approach to Barker’s wife. With the powerful performance by Johnny Depp that has earned him an Oscar nomination, the film features a remarkable choreography, sound, set, design and great performances from Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter. All these featured made one of Burton’s most detailed and complex performances.
Along with Edward Scissorhands, this is one of Burton’s most iconic works and first attempt to make a film as dark and strange as he wanted. Beetlejuice features all the director’s strange trademarks, from a dark, horror plot to the stop motion art that helped the film to become the big box office success. Michael Keaton’s portrayal of the exorcist is excellent and is probably the most charismatic Burton character ever. Wynona Ryder as Lydia is one of the most recognised female characters of Burton, as well as one of the most remarkable roles for Wynona as an actress.
This film was so successful that even got its own cartoon and versions of online games. The story in the cartoon, however, is a bit changed, with Beetlejuice being good and a friend of Lydia. As for the games, check the Beetlejuice Megaways game, an online slot from Scientific Games Group inspired by this movie which perfectly reminisces art-pop culture and the 80’s vibe.
The Corpse Bride (2005)
This represents a cult classic from Burton when it comes to animated stop-motion movies. It’s a strange, moody and bittersweet love story that again portrays the director’s love for the horror genre. This is a dark but funny, comic movie about love watchable for all ages. The plot twists around a charming grotesque boy that falls in a love triangle with his fiancée and a zombie. The animation is outstanding and reminds a lot on the Nightmare Before Christmas, Burton’s first runner when it comes to this style of filming. However, Burton did this movie in team collaboration and that’s why it is not put on this list. Even though The Corpse Bride was not a box office hit like Nightmare Before Christmas, it became an instant classic due to Burton’s stop motion art and marvellous voice work from Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.