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Family Movie Review: Frankenweenie (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG        Length: 87 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 6+. This is a movie about a boy who figures out how to bring his dog back to life, so there are some fantastical and supernatural elements that may scare younger viewers—but will probably enthrall them instead. The horror aspect of it all, including a deluge of monsters toward the end of the film, is played mostly for laughs; more sinister, however, are scenes of childhood bullying.

‘Frankenweenie’ has all the elements director Tim Burton puts in his films: a fascination with the macabre, an interest in the dark and unnatural, the search to belong. And for the most part, the film feels like a return to the director’s roots—even though it’s a very, very thin plot for a full-length film.

By Roxana Hadadi

The thing about Tim Burton is that he hasn’t been very good lately. The early late ’80s and early ’90s were probably his best, most creative time, when he still had original ideas like “Edward Scissorhands” and “Beetlejuice” and wasn’t forcing other concepts to fit into his schlocky Goth formula, like the more recent “Dark Shadows,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Those are lesser films, and his latest, “Frankenweenie,” is clearly better than them. But is it good on its own merits? Thankfully, yes—but it’s certainly not flawless.

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