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Corpse Bride

In a 19th century European Village, Victor (Johnny Depp) is to be married to Victoria (Emily Watson) - until he runs away. Against his will, he is whisked away to the underworld and reluctantly wed to the Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham-Carter). Victor finds the Land of the Dead to be far more interesting and colourful than his strict Victorian upbringings. However, can the afterlife keep him away from his true love? Filmed in stop-motion, animation, Tim Burton carries on his tradition of dark romantic comedies, following "Edward Scissorhands" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas".

Language: English
Subtitle: No Subtitle
Classification: PG
Release Date: 1 Nov 2015
Genre: Animation
Running Time: 1 Hour 17 Minutes
Distributor: The Projector
Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman
Director: Tim Burton
Format: 2D

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Writer: Nurliana Kamaruddin

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Being a Tim Burton movie, I expected it to be quirky, witty and of course, mind-blowing. What I didn't expect it to be was a bittersweet drama of passion, lost love, and longing. It IS quirky, witty and mind-blowing of course (one would not expect anything less from something originating from Tim Burton's mind), but it's infused with a poignant look at life and love's losses as well, something that makes this one an extremely memorable watch.

Mr. William and Mrs. Nell Van Dort are wealthy fish merchants in this tale. They are rich but they do not belong to high-class upper society - something that comes from a privileged bloodline, and they desperately wish to change that. Lady Maudeline and Lord Finnis Everglot are the blue-blooded aristocrats that the Van Dort couple wishes to be, but unfortunately, the Everglot's fortune has been whittled down to no existence.

Thus, bearing the circumstances in mind, the two couples decide to marry their children to one another, mutually benefiting from the union. The Van Dorts will be admitted into high society, and the Evergloats, I mean EverGLOT (sorry, couldn't resist!) will be saved from the poor house. Thus, Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot were set to be wed. Fortunately for the two, they took a fancy to one another when they met, and were actually looking forward to the wedding.

Things, however, do not go according to plan. (When do they ever??) Messing up his vows severely during the wedding rehearsal, Victor, embarrassed, ran off into the night. In the woods, he repeated his vows, practising them, and jokingly slipped the wedding ring onto a twig sticking out of the ground. The 'twig' turns out to be the bony finger of a corpse who has, for years, been waiting for her true love in the cold ground.

In the time of advanced CGI works, this piece of stop-motion animation is like a breath of fresh air. Showing a stellar eye for details, it's hard not to gape at the movie. In fact, the whole world that Burton had created in this movie pulsed with its own twisted beat and tap dances in an almost surreal realm of life and death. Of course, being the quirky one Burton is, the world of the dead is a much, MUCH livelier place than the land of the living.

The music of this movie also brims with Burton's ironic humour and kept the pace of the movie up. Not only that, the characters - these puppets - are so amazingly lively that emotions actually radiate from them. Think a voluptuous, heart-broken, blue-faced soulful-eyed corpse bride and Victoria's desperation in saving her love from the dead.

It's everything a Tim Burton fan would want. The quirky genius of the filmmaking world serves yet another dish of cinematic experience that only he can provide. Infused with wit, drama and yes, a melancholic longing to the story, this is one you should add to your must-see list. "Corpse Bride" is the living representation of exactly how far imagination can take us.

The only grouse to be had about this movie? The 75 minutes running time is just too painfully short.

Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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