Overall Score: 4.5/5.0
Review by Shanice
|Frankenweenie : A modern twist on the good old classic Frank|
Set in the spooky town of New Holland, we are introduced to young Victor Frankenstein, our protagonist, an athletically inept yet scientifically proficient boy whose social awkwardness endears you towards his character. Sparky the dog is clearly the apple of Victor’s eye, as he demonstrates an almost brother-like bond with him, and thus it is Victor’s heartbreak over Sparky’s tragic death which provides the catalyst for the film’s real adventure. Victor’s inability to accept that Sparky has gone inspires him to take a very literal leaf out of his science teacher’s book, and “reignite the spark” in Sparky. From here on in the tale packs a great deal of punch, with Victor having to live dangerously as the scientist who may have bitten off a little more than he can chew. The unexplained nightly thunderstorms combined with rumours that New Holland was in fact a town built on a graveyard leave viewers eagerly anticipating a series of frights - and these are exactly what the film delivers!
|Tim in his element; hard at work|
The real genius of the film is its exploration of issues which are hugely appealing not only to children but to adults – or in fact to anyone who has ever had and loved a pet. Burton is able to skilfully cross the typical boundaries of a kid’s film and venture into the more mature themes of death, loss and grief, which he addresses in a way children will understand without patronising older viewers. The ultimate message Burton delivers is this: you must stick to what you believe, and only if you believe will your wish truly come into fruition.
|Sparky's ready for action with the ghostly, wide-eyed Victor|
This is a film with real bite. Not only bite but chew and whole-hearted swallow. Frankenweenie proves itself as one of the greatest animated films of recent times, and Burton cleverly shows us that the themes explored in the two-century old ‘Frankenstein’ are still relevant to the society of today.