Some people write scripts as if they had been informed by a focus group ("Tell us the kind of things you have previously enjoyed in films") rather than using any kind of original thought. It's all bums on seats these days. The result is that a very narrow demographic of people actually go and see films at the cinema.
And yes - I saw enough of this on a plane once to realise that HBC was just being Queenie and I awarded her nil points for being a plagiarist.
Besides, Richardson did it better. She was funny for a start.
It's a long time since I went to the cinema. There's really nothing that appeals to me these days.
I would say you have it backwards. Depp is indeed capable of a lot more, but I'd say he defers to Burton's desire for a certain flavor of weirdness. The great exception to the Burton/Depp genre, of course, is Sweeney Todd, where Depp is just as dark as can be. I'd suggest you try the surrealistic "Dead Man" from the mid-90s. He also did a fine job, I think, opposite Kate Winslet in "Finding Neverland."
Burton and Depp have said/done everything they can say/do together, except of course for Sweeney Todd, at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or possibly before. I found the trailers for Dark Shadows so annoying that I didn't even go.
I know that Depp has split with the mother of his children, is moving to Nashville TN (or at least buying a property there), and is moving into publishing and back into music. It will be interesting to see what this midlife crisis brings (he will, after all, turn 50 this year).
It's hard to believe he's nearly 50. How on earth does he manage to look so young?
There are wonderful things in the Depp/Burton canon and some not so wonderful things. I love Ed Wood and The Corpse Bride and quite like Sleepy Hollow. I thought Charlie and The Chocolate Factory was atrocious- even worse than Alice. I haven't seen Sweeney Todd. Dark Shadows seemed (from the pre publicity) to be Burton operating on auto-pilot.
Depp on his own has done a lot that I admire. Dead Man is high on my list of movies I missed at the time and very much want to see. I admit- without shame- to loving him as Captain Jack Sparrow.
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i hate the campy stuff
looked at alice and dark shadows
and refused to pay for them last week
but in chocolaut and as Jack sparrow I love him
he does a film making music with gypsys
Now that is wonderful- think its because time wasn't there
it was all johnny
Tim and Johnny have done some great stuff in the past but I think it might be good for both of them if they separated for a while.
Ed Wood is a favourite of mine. I like The Corpse Bride too.
I hate the way he Tolkienified Alice. If you're going to put something into the LOTR cookie-cutter, at least use a text that isn't world famous for its nonsense, inconsequentiality, and episodic structure. Tolkienify Moby Dick ("The reign of the Dark Whale and his fishy minions is over"), or Great Expectations ("Pip? Is that you?" "That's right, Miss Havisham - and I've come to claim my inheritance!"). Both would be more suitable than Alice. But what's that? You can't because they're classic adult books, and people would be upset? Oh, right, sure. Tosser.
Yes, but I think he's taken some damage to his reputation by treating Alice this way. You and I can't be the only ones who find this adaption crass. Carroll is one of the greats- as important a writer as Melville and Dickens. You take liberties with him and it's not Carroll who's going to look small.
I love the Stephen Fry comment. Enough is enough!
Is there any childhood classic that Burton won't vulgarize? I'm so tired of him. And I'm even more tired of Johnny Deep, and seeing Johnny Depp everywhere. The man has absolutely no sex, and very little depth.
Burton is an artist with very little to say. He said it in his first few films and now he's just churning out product. This isn't unusual.
I have mixed feelings about Depp. I've liked some of his performances very much. Others I've hated. I suppose what I'm saying is he's a strong flavour.
It really was depressing. It seems to me Carroll's works are so much about the ridiculousness of adult conflicts and ceremonies, and Burton's movie was so much about how great adult conflicts and ceremonies are. Even more than disappointment in Burton, I was disappointed in how it reflected the kind of story people wanted to be told.
No version of Alice has ever been as out of tune with Carroll's vision as this one is. Even Disney made a better fist of it.
I saw a trailer for Lone Ranger today. I think there will be more than a hint of Cap'n Jack in his Tonto one. His gypsy film is The Man Who Cried. He had a lead role but spoke only 60-some words (I counted). I liked him in From Hell,too, where he was backed up by a terrific ensemble cast (Jasyn Fleming, Ian Holme, Ian Richardson, Robbie Coltrane, etc.).
For me, Burton's Alice spoke to me in ways I cannot fully express. The movie made me cry in several places, and it felt... right.
"You're not the same as you were before, You were much more...muchier...you've lost your muchness."
"Why is it you're always too small or too tall?"
I can't help you if you don't even know who you are, stupid girl.