It’s the opening of the BFI and what better way to kick off the 56th London Film Festival than to pick a film which was crafted at the Three Mills Studios in East London and is the latest great offering from the quirky director who brought us the classic Nightmare before Christmas and The Corpse Bride.
Under the Disney banner, Frankenweenie 3D is enough to make the death of Bambi’s mom look like a happy affair. Set in a small suburban town in America, this monochrome film based on old Hollywood movies such as The Bride of Frankenstein and Gremlins is exactly what we’ve learned to expect from a Tim Burton film; gangly looking characters, death and a whole load of heart.
As the film starts, the iconic Disney intro kicks in but is quickly turned black and white, as 3D rain splatters down over the fairy tale castle. This certainly sets the tone of the film with the storyline following a science obsessed boy named Victor Frankenstein who sadly loses his lovable dog sparky to the pet cemetery. However, after a lesson from his gaunt looking science teacher, Mr Rzykruski, Victor decides to dig up the doggy corpse in a bid to bring his lovable pet back to life. In the dead of night and after some impressive sowing skills and a lightning storm, Frankenweenie is born!
Kids and adults will love it alike, but parents beware, it’s not for everyone as the subject matter is rather morbid and the scary pet-infused monsters which take over suburbia are enough fuel for a nightmare. Overall a funny, heartfelt storyline with some great 3D scenes and a must see for Tim Burton fans.
Frankenweenie 3D releases on Wedensday 17th October.
The big screen!
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