Tim Burton's The Addams Family in 3D
I'm starting to wonder if the magic of Tim Burton has gone. Wheeling out the same actors for extremely similar roles, the films starting to look and feel like each other, and the same bizarreness applied to each film is all starting to feel a little standard and safe. With the saying “Burton-esque” and “very Tim Burton” being banded around more and more, is there anything really original and exciting coming from the man?
Well with the news that The Addams Family are being resurrected for another film outing, I'm not so sure that's going to change, although there is a glimmer of hope, and it's not the 3D gimmick.
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is doing rather well at the moment, but critics haven't raved about it, and there have been comments about it looking and feeling very similar to the last few films, and that's not just because his wife and leading man are cast in the film...again.
Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ignoring Corpse Bride, have been very similar in so many aspects, and are connected with previous films such as Sleepy Hollow and Edward Scissorhands, and yet there's so much more to the director. Consider Planet of the Apes and Big Fish, both filmed before Chocolate Factory, and both very different from these other films.
There's a definite Tim Burton thread that you can pick out in his career, and then there are the films that are out of that genre that I believe are actually the better films.
However I fear that we're going to be staying in that genre for the next film as Tim Burton resurrects The Addams Family yet again.
The story comes from Pajiba, but there is a glimmer of hope for all those that aren't looking forward to the film like myself, it's going to be adapted from the original Charles Addams illustrations which were featured in The New Yorker for some fifty years.
Now that's good news because it ignores the films and the television series, all of which frankly should be ignored.
Yet, as would be expected, there are two aspects to the film which could be seen as negatives. First is the fact that it's going to be in 3D, and the second that it'll be stop motion.
Personally I like the idea that it'll be stop motion, that means we could well be saved from a make-up drenched Johnny Depp, and the same for Helena Bonham Carter. Mind you, how long will it be before we find out they are voicing main characters?