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Given how essential music is to his best films -- remember, this is the guy who recruited Prince to write songs for a Batman movie -- it's surprising it took so long for Burton to make a full-fledged musical. Maybe he was looking for the perfect story for his macabre sensibility?
Well, he found it in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's blood-soaked Broadway hit, which follows a deranged barber played by Depp here as he returns to London to seek revenge on the judge who ruined his life. Sweeney Todd is filled with beautiful but dense songs that would derail a less confident director, but Burton slices and dices Sondheim's work with glee, turning a stage-bound story into a sumptuous, unnerving, and often moving horror film. While Reubens penned the movie with his fellow Groundlings comedy cohort including SNL 's Phil Hartman , the director's taste for dark humor and circus extravagance, tucked inside the mundanity of the real world, is all over Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
The road movie drives Pee-wee to the weirdest corners of America and beyond -- at least, we're hopping "Large Marge" isn't from this plane of existence. Superhero movies don't come much weirder than Batman Returns. After the enormous box-office success of the first film, Burton climbs back in the Batmobile but mostly kicks Keaton's Bruce Wayne to the curb, instead focusing on Michelle Pfeiffer's psychologically damaged Catwoman and Danny DeVito's sneering, tragicomic Penguin.
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The power of Edward Scissorhands lies in Johnny Depp's wounded eyes. This elegant bedtime story about a blade-wielding monster-hunk Depp arriving in suburbia and becoming a local sensation is part earnest fairytale, part horror story, and part wicked satire, but Depp's expressive glances and deadpan looks make the tonal shifts work.
Subverting his pin-up reputation by playing against type, Depp embodies the anxieties of shy teens everywhere. Long before American Beauty had you blathering on about floating plastic bags, Burton found poetry in shrubberies, blocks of ice, and perfectly manicured lawns.
Edward's famous "I'm not finished" line feels especially poignant in retrospect, because this now feels like Depp's most fully realized film. Written by The People v. Depp, grinning like a madman through Wood's highest highs and lowest lows, captures the glimmer of an absentminded creative.
Notable tropes in Burton's films include:
Burton's expert staging seems to relate. With a few tweaks, Beetlejuice could have been a horror movie up there with The Exorcist. The twist only gets more twisted when Michael Keaton's Beetlejuice, a used-car-salesman-from-hell type, enters the equation. Your browser does not support the video tag.
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DeVito -- the evil Penguin in the sequel "Batman Returns" -- is the good guy here, a struggling ringmaster whose Big Top is acquired by Vandevere. But the relationship did not last long: the Mouse House sacked its apprentice for wasting time and money on the short film "Frankenweenie," which was considered too dark for children. Disney, he says, has hired and fired him more times than he can count over the years. Burton says it is Disney's mix of monsters and magic -- its refusal to shy away from difficult and sometimes taboo themes like death and divorce -- that makes it special.
The studio, he says, doesn't patronize its young audiences, in an age when children are often assumed to be too fragile to be confronted with life's harsher realities. He recalls seeing a screening of 's "Pinocchio" -- a family movie that doesn't pull its punches -- and being surprised by the tears and shocked reaction of the modern audience to the puppet's death. The Atomic Saloon opens Sept. Pastries and swag are all part of Hello Kitty's Vegas allure. Travel Things to Do.
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