Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, directed by Tim Burton comes out this week so it’s the perfect time to count down the directors top ten films.
Corpse Bride (2005)
Corpse Bride had potential to be a new Nightmare Before Christmas and although it doesn’t reach that level, it’s still a pretty solid film. Like almost all his films, Corpse Bride is fascinating to look at, weird and very Tim Burton.
Big Fish (2003)
If you want a pleasant, enjoyable, nice little film, Big Fish is perfect. Ewan McGregor is great and Helena Bonham Carter is subdued and gives one of her best performances. Big Fish is a feel good film with several strong performances but Albert Finney steals this film like he does every time.
Big Eye’s (2014)
If for nothing else, you have to credit this film for giving us a good Christoph Waltz performance outside of Tarantino. In recent years, Big Eye’s has been the only Burton film I’ve liked (hopefully Miss Peregrine is good) and I actually enjoyed it a lot. It feels a bit rushed early on but once it settles in, Big Eye’s is a watchable film, which you can’t say very often for recent Burton.
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
With Burton’s debut he came out strong with Pee-Wee. This is a hilarious film, that goes in many different directions and is full of wonderful characters. Despite his public behavior, Paul Reubens is incredible as Pee-Wee, putting in a powerhouse comedic performance. Burton rarely makes a straight comedy but this one is really funny.
Batman Returns (1992)
Nolan took the Batman films to a level that will probably never be reached again but you can’t take away from Burton’s films. People have mixed opinions on Batman Returns but I really like it. It’s bizarre, I have no idea what was going on with The Penguin but I love it all. Michelle Pfeiffer is still the best Catwoman and how can you not love Christopher Walken. It’s the weirdest Batman film and one of my favorites.
Sweeney Todd (2007)
I’m a big fan of film musicals and when Sweeney Todd came out, I watched this film over and over. Johnny Depp is disturbing and tragic as the Demon Barber and Alan Rickman is always the best. The music is fun, catchy and performed pretty well for the most part. Sweeney Todd is violent, dark and full of characters you’ll always remember.
These last 4 are Tim Burton films that I love. Beetlejuice is number four but on a different day it could be higher. When talking about Beetlejuice you have to start with Michael Keaton. Spotlight, Birdman or even Batman, Keaton has never been better as Betelgeuse. This film is stylish, funny and quotable forever. “We’ve come for your daughter Chuck”.
I love Hans Zimmer but nothing comes close to that badass Danny Elfman theme. I only think of that theme when thinking about Batman and Elfman was one of many reasons why 1989 Batman is awesome. Again Michael Keaton is incredible, Jack Nicholson’s Joker has been bettered but it’s still timeless and the classic Batsuit is the best. Batman may not be my favorite in the franchise but I find it the most rewatchable.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Speaking of Elfman, in my opinion the guy did his best work on Edward Scissorhands. This score is beautiful and powerful which echos the entirety of this film. It looks amazing, there’s tons of emotion and it’s the perfect weird, quirky role for Johnny Depp. Edward Scissorhands is strange but not so in your face it becomes annoying. This film is restrained, nuanced and subtle, along with all the zaniness and people with scissors for hands. It’s so close to being my number one Tim Burton film but not quite there.
Ed Wood (1994)
I love films about film, when they’re done right and for my money Ed Wood is the best. Wood himself is a fascinating character and Depp plays him with such enthusiasm and innocence, you can’t help but adore him. This is a great, true story that for cinema lovers is a must watch. When Johnny Depp plays normal, real people, there’s not many actors on the planet better than him. Ed Wood is my favorite film of Depp’s and is by far my number 1 Tim Burton film.
Next Week – Top Ten Film on a Train