9.24.2005

Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride was a pleasant surprise. A bumbling young groom falls suddenly in love but fails in his rehearsal vows and cannot marry until he has perfected them. So he wanders into the woods, practicing....

Being generally uninterested in musicals and unimpressed by Burton's recent output, I found this a fun little excursion into the underworld, with splashes of clever humor among a few groaners. The story's plot is simple but not simplistic, reminiscent of Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow--not the horror but horror's atmosphere (typical Burton: dark, light humor). Like Irving's own tales, expect an almost elegant simple: no wild plot turns or deep characterization but nonetheless satisfying.