Edward Scissorhands (1990)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A scientist died leaving his unfinished humanoid in the Gothic mansion full of steampunk equipments. He’s brought into the town’s community by a woman and soon he becomes the talk of the town attracting new friends and foes.
2) Tim Burton’s trademark gothic protagonist straight out of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In the movie, Burton created 2 distinct worlds. While Edward Scissorhands is dark & gothic, the town is vividly colorful.
3) It’s basically a bedtime fairy-tale of “a beauty and a beast” told by an elderly woman to her granddaughter. The theme is similar to King Kong, The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Bill: Sweetheart, you can’t buy the necessities of life with cookies.

Beetlejuice (1988)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A dead couple trying to drive away the new owners of their home, take help from a mischievous spirit called Betelgeuse.
2) Though the title character got very brief screen-time, the character is quite fascinating.
3) Notable set-design and special effect.
4) “The Banana Boat Song” and “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)” – Harry Belafonte

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Beetlejuice: Go ahead, make my millennium.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

1) Tim Burton’s dark take on Dr. Seuss
2) Simple story like “Cat In The Hat”, but a haunting chapter for Children’s literature.
3) Celebration of 2 holidays

 

Cons –

1) Though unique but average animation quality
2) Mediocre music

 

Quote –

Jack Skellington: Eureka! This year, Christmas will be – OURS!

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Planet of the Apes (2001)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) “CAution LIve aniMAls” twist.
2) Charlton Heston cameo as Zaius gives a perfect homage to the original version.

 

 

CONS –
1) Though the climax is unexpected, it’s ambiguous.
2) We already have a definite version i.e. Planet of the Apes (1968) and this Tim Burton effort is not adding anything new.
3) Ari’s romantic angle is just making the movie more tedious.

 

 

QUOTE –
Captain Leo Davidson: The smarter we get, the more dangerous we become.