Frankenweenie: Movie Review by a Mississauga Chiropractor

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Just watched Frankenweenie (2012), starring Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone) &, Martin Short (Mars Attacks)

When young filmmaker and scientist Victor Frankenstein’s (Charlie Tahan) pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor’s home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how.  Inspired by his science teacher Mr. Rzykruski’s (Martin Landau) demonstration of the effect of electricity on dead frogs, a depressed Victor digs up Sparky’s corpse, brings him to his makeshift laboratory in the attic, and successfully reanimates him with lightning.  But when the bolt-necked “monster” wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor’s neighbours: hunchbacked Edgar ‘E’ Gore (Atticus Shaffer), Nassor (Martin Short), Toshiaki (James Hiroyuki Liao), Bob (Robert Capron) and a girl nicknamed “Weird Girl” (Catherine O’Hara), he has to convince them, and his parents, Mr. Frankenstein (Martin Short) & Mrs. Frankenstein (Catherine O’Hara) that despite his reappearance, Sparky’s still the good loyal friend he’s always been.  During the chaos, the town mayor’s niece Elsa van Helsing (Winona Ryder)must be rescued by Victor from the claws of Mr. Whiskers.

I loved the style and texture of this film.  The shadows and lighting offers just enough creepiness to the story.  The neighbourhood had a Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands feel.  The only part I didn’t enjoy was the black and white presentation.  I would have liked more colour to this animation.

Overall, I would give this movie 6/10 stars.  Check it out.  Happy Viewing!

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