It's October and Halloween is only a couple of weeks away, so naturally I have been watching a lot of movies and Halloween specials and picking some at random to review and talk about. I considered reviewing quite a few Tim Burton films, since a lot of his movies have that Tim Burton gothic atmosphere and are great for this time of year. However, I was having a hard time choosing just one or two to review, so to save myself some time I thought I'd do a top 5 list of my favorite Burton films. I am only including films on here that he directed, so The Nightmare Before Christmas will not be on here - I do love the film and it's great for Halloween, but he did not direct it.
Now that I got that out of the way, let's begin.
5. Batman (1989) - Probably not the most appropriate Burton film for Halloween, but it is one of my favorites, so it's on this list. This is my favorite Batman film. Period. Christopher Nolan's Batman films have things about them that I like, but I find Burton's more entertaining and I've also been a fan of this one since I was a kid. Also, Michael Keaton is my favorite Batman and Jack Nicholson was born to play the Joker, and neither Christian Bale or Heath Ledger have been able to change my mind about that.
4. Sleepy Hollow (1999) - Not really an accurate film adaptation of the Washington Irving story, but a pretty good film in it's own right. I love the atmosphere and look of the movie, and while it may not be scary or tense for a horror film, it's still fun and great for Halloween. Also, Christopher Walken as the headless is horseman is one of the best things ever!
3. Ed Wood (1994) - This comedy biopic is critically acclaimed, but not a film that I see enough self-proclaimed Burton fans talk about much, which needs to be fixed because it's easily one of his best movies. Johnny Depp is great in the film as the b-movie director, as is Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi. The rest of the supporting cast is great, which includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray, Jeffrey Jones, etc. This is just an all around fantastic and entertaining film, and if you're a Burton at all and haven't seen it, I urge you to seek it out.
2. Frankenweenie (2012) - The full length, stop motion animated remake of his own 1984 short film is easily the best film that he has directed in years. The visuals and the animation are typical Burton style, similar to films like Corpse Bride, and the Burton produced The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. The film looks great and the animation is stellar, the characters are likable, and there's some dark humor present here. Overall, this movie has a lot of charm to it, and is likely to tug at the heartstrings of anyone that has ever had and loved a pet.
1. Beetlejuice (1988) - Not only my favorite film of Burton's, but also one of my favorite films of all time. Unlike many films from my childhood, Beetlejuice is one of a handful that has held up really well over the years and one that I enjoy just as much now as I did then. The performances from the cast, especially Michael Keaton as the ghost with the most, are excellent. Every character here is unique and memorable, I love the special effects and visuals, and Beetlejuice is just such a fun movie that will never get old to me.