Tim Burton, having directed 16 films as of 2010, has created a very particular trademark for his movies. Dealing with Tim Burton it’s always a win-win situation. When a new Burton film is announced we know we’re getting another awesome story presented on a bizarre, dark world, and that we’ll see an outstanding cast (most of the times including Johnny Depp) that will make us just love the whole thing. Here is a list of the films that are, in my opinion, the ones everybody should watch at least once in their lives:
Warner couldn’t have chosen a better director to recreate Gotham City than Tim Burton, and there aren’t any other better Batman and The Jocker that Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. There’s really nothig more to be said, this one is a classic, just watch it and while you are watching Batman consider watching Batman Returns too and ask yourself this: could ever be a meaner and sexier Catwoman that Michelle Pfeiffer?
If you are looking for bizarre and twisted, ‘Edward Scissorhands‘ is the film for you. It’s the story of a young man, created by a solitary inventor who needed a son to raise and educate, and so he was doing until one day he dies and left the young Edward alone and unfinished. Unfinished? Oh yes, the creator didn’t had time to give eduard hands, all he gave him were scissors for fingers, so this film is about a scissorhands guy that from one day to another was forced to live in society. He sure knows how to shape a tree as a dinosaur but life isn’t easy when you are the new kid in town.
Ed Wood tells the story of Edward D. Wood, Jr. a passionate movie director who makes the impossible to get his movies done, without even noticed later he would be remembered as the Worst Director of All Time. This is not dark and obscure, as other Burton films, this is a cheesy movie, a great cheesy movie with overacted performances and full of absurd situations. The movie is just great as does is the cast, Johnny Depp and Martin Landau gave the best of them, both with extremely fantastic and remarkable performances. It’s worth to notice that Martin Landau won an Oscar as Best Actor in Supporting Role for his part as Bela Lugosi.
The story of a storyteller when he is reaching the end of his life, a man who created a wonderful world for his son, who is discovering the true life of his father by reliving all his stories. On Big Fish Burton left his Gothic trademark aside and recreates the amazing, and fictitious, life of Edward Bloom, portrayed by Albert Finney as an old man and by Ewan McGregor on the stories, both with stunning performances. Burton manages to merg the real and the imaginary world in a way only he could do it. Big Fish may be the very Best of Burton’s movies and at the end it’s really a father and son story.
Alice in Wonderland
I can’t think of a better world to be recreated by Tim Burton that the one of Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland. This one is the latest blockbuster from Tim Burton but it’s not just another Alice in Wonderland movie. It’s a sort of sequel. The main characters remain the same but the story happens many years later, and many things have happened on those years. Now little Alice returns to wonderland being 19 years old, and she returns to accomplish a mission, even though she isn’t aware of that.