Welcome to recommendation #6 of our 31 days of movies A.S.S. recommends for the Halloween season! I’m here to talk, not about a horror movie, but a fantastic movie for Halloween nonetheless: Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.
For those unaware, Corpse Bride is a wonderfully entertaining stop-motion tale from the masterclass that is Tim Burton. It’s the tale of a young Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp) destined for an arraigned marriage to Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson). Although both are anxious, they end up enjoying one another, and come to be happy with their situation. However, after a uniquely strange set of circumstances, Victor ends up entwined the wild world of the dead, accidentally married to a corpse named Emily (Helena Bonham Carter). The entirety of the film is spent as Victor tries to both desperately get home to his beloved and aid Emily in her quest to find her true love and her killer.
While obviously not a scary movie for anyone older than 10, it’s a beautifully visual movie filled with vibrant colors and violent shadows with twisting stories lines contrasted by flawless animation. I emphasize the contrast. Both Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are incredible in this movie. Just completely fantastic, and they truly bring the characters to life. Supported by a great script and wonderful songwriting, this is a legitimately good time, and themed perfectly for Halloween.
Very rarely do people mention Tim Burton’s name without bringing up classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice. Teamed up once again with Danny Elfman, I can tell you for a fact that Corpse Bride deserves to be up there will the best of them. If you don’t already love Burton movies, this one might convince you otherwise.
I highly recommend this movie, especially if you’re a Burton fan, and if you’re looking for a Halloween movie to watch with your significant other. It is currently free with an HBO subscription.