'Frankenweenie' takes canine love to the next level
Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 16:10
What lengths will we go to keep our favorite pets by our sides forever? Treat them with pet anti-aging serums or invent “Live forever” pet food. As much as we adore our four-legged companions, with heavy hearts, we are bound to let them go once nature comes knocking. Tell that to Victor played by Charlie Tahan, who audaciously defies death and resuscitates his beloved canine by harnessing the power of science in Tim Burton's lastest film“Frankenweenie.”
The film, dare I say, is a love story about science, a boy and his dog Sparky. Burton salutes “Frankenstein,” a dignitary of classic horror stories in this well-crafted movie. If you’re familiar with Burton’s work, you know you won’t leave the movie theater without some chills, but you might also get inspired to sign up for one more science course or be more pragmatic about the science already ingrained in you.
Victor is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein. A loner and a nerd with Sparky as his best buddy, he has his own science lab in the attic. His parents are worried that he is detached from the real world so they try to get him involved in activities involving more human interactions and less dog fetch games or science projects. Young Victor is abruptly separated from Sparky when it is hit by a car while crossing the road. Overwhelmed with grief, his world is now a concertina. He attempts to resurrect his fallen friend using everything from his mother’s toaster to a voltmeter. A few physics concepts, a thunderous night, and a gazillion instruments later, he attains bizarre success: Sparky is alive again. This is just a prelude to the monstrous events that unfold in his little town.
This animated Burton film is also in black and white. In this 21st century where every Hollywood director is scrambling to reanimate timeless classics by presenting them in vibrant colors, deluxe pictures, 3D, IMAX , you-MAX, and they-MAX, Burton sure knows that black and white puts the “ee” in eerie.
The macabre tone of the movie justifies the PG rating. Depending on a kids’ mood that day or relationships with Mr Lucky and Mr Pickles (if they do have pets), kids might decide to eat more popcorn than watch the movie. However, it is spooky enough for this Halloween season. It is not one of those spellbinding, mesmerizing, blow-your-socks off movies, but it will leave you with a warm feeling at the end and maybe even an a little teary-eyed.