Corpse Bride (2005) (2.5/4)

Corpse Bride

Blue-tinted, eye-ball-popping, maggot-infested beauty Emily (Bonham Carter) has become known as the Corpse Bride after waiting for her fiancé where the couple planned to rendezvous before getting hitched. When her groom arrives, he kills her, and she rests in the ground to wait for her soul mate, whether he knows he is the Corpse Bride's groom or not. It's a cold dark night, the moon is full, the stars are bright and the forest is a little bit creepy. Wandering through the black mangled trees, Victor (Depp) just can't memorize his wedding vows. Victor's hesitance towards marriage causes him to jumble the words. Two prominent families have arranged their children to be married in order to overcome financial difficulties. As the objects of betrothal, Victor and Victoria (Watson) met for the first time the night before their wedding. It only makes sense that Victor, a groom with cold feet, would have trouble remembering tedious wedding vows. Thus Victor ends up in the dark forest ringing his hands and muttering his vows, the vows that the Corpse Bride hears, bringing her out of the grave. Victor suddenly finds himself married to another woman, a voluptuous bombshell bride who also happens to be dead. Whisked away to the Land of the Dead, Victor finds out that living amongst corpses is not as easy as it seems. Heads easily loose their owners and eyes never seem to stay in their sockets, an adjustment that Victor seems reluctant to accept. Once taken into the Land of the Dead, it is nearly impossible to return, causing Victor to choose between risking Victoria's life or giving up his own.

Summary written by Kate O'Kelley

Directed by: Tim Burton
The cast includes: Johnny Depp (Victor Van Dort (voice)), Helena Bonham Carter (Corpse Bride (voice)), Emily Watson (Victoria Everglot (voice)), Tracey Ullman (Nell Van Dort/Hildegarde (voice)), Paul Whitehouse (William Van Dort/Mayhew/Paul The Head Waiter), Joanna Lumley (Maudeline Everglot (voice)), Albert Finney (Finis Everglot (voice)), Christopher Lee (Pastor Galswells (voice))
MPAA rating: , Running time: 76 minutes
Presented in: Color
Awards: (2005) Academy - Best Animated Feature (nom) -
(2005) Broadcast Film Critics Association - Best Animated Feature (nom) -
(2005) Online Film Critics Association - Best Animated Feature (nom) -
(2005) Producer's Guild - Producer of the Year - Animated Film (nom) - Tim Burton
(2005) Producer's Guild - Producer of the Year - Animated Film (nom) - Allison Abbate
(2005) Venice International Film Festival - Film Presented -
Related titles: Nightmare Before Christmas, The (1993)
Related categories: Fantasy

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