Burton has always seemed a touch out of time, as though he would have been more content turning out silent films in the Weimar Republic than working in the Eighties studio system, so it makes sense that his most successful work (aside from "Beetlejuice") would be a modern fairy tale. Burton makes great use of Depp as a physical performer, but the real star here is the score by Danny Elfman, arguably a career best.
I don't give a shit about the fact that Burton became the ultimate "reference" for wasted youth teens, wearing black and white stripes jeans and black lipstick, but this film is just wonderful. I cried the first time I saw it when I was a kid, and I'll always enjoy the simplicity of the plot and the beauty of its characters. I don't think Burton will ever do better than this one. Masterpiece.
Just rewatched this after having not seen it in 7 or 6 years. It made me very sad. Not the story, mind you, although it is rather sad (in a touching sort of way) but it made me sad to remember a time back when Tim Burton was still creative, original and knew how to tell a great story. Love this film. Its extremely well shot and the acting is lovely. Someone should sit Burton down and make him rewatch it.
Winona Ryder fucks it all up. She's boring, one-dimensional, fugly, all surface. Depp is superb and the colours are so Disney. Good film. Again great on film, lousy on DVD. Art Direction is top notch and those suburbs were OH so Lynchian.
When Tim Burton keeps genuine to the world inside his mind, great things happen. From the beautiful cinematography of bright colors contrasting with deep blues, to the always haunting but cute relationship between Edward and Kim. Deliciously dangerous.
One of the most heartbreaking films you will ever come across. A sad and beautiful tale that haunts and delights the heart. One of Burton's true masterpieces which display his unique brand of blending the strange and unusual into dreams and reality! Depp and Ryder give real sincere performances which transcend this fairy tale into epic proportions!