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TIM BURTONíS CORPSE BRIDE

78 MINUTES | BOSTON COMMON + FENWAY + FRESH POND + CIRCLE + SUBURBS

You might think youíd seen the Land of the Dead after viewing George Romeroís recent work of social criticism, but youíd be dead wrong. That distinction belongs to Tim Burton & Mike Johnsonís whimsical, strangely erotic marvel of stop-motion animation. Corpse Bride opens in the gray and lifeless Land of the Living, where Victorian-era Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp) and Victoria (Emily Watson) are about to be pressed into an arranged marriage. Nervous Vic seems a natural fit for the shy daughter of penniless aristocrats (Joanna Lumley and Albert Finney), but as he passes through a forest trying to learn his marriage vows, he puts his ring on a bony finger in the ground and discovers heís joined himself to supernatural fit Emily (Helena Bonham Carter) ó a necrophiliacís wet dream ó in unholy matrimony. Soon, Vic is spirited away to the vibrant Land of the Dead, and thatís where the film comes alive. The storytelling may suffer intermittent rigor mortis, but this Corpse should enjoy a long afterlife.

BY BRETT MICHEL

Issue Date: September 23 - 29, 2005
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