This week’s poll was inspired by this past weekend’s Roundtable discussion, in which we asked everyone to sound off about directors who just shouldn’t make any more movies. Perhaps the most controversial selection was Dick’s choice of Tim Burton, a filmmaker who seems to inspire some divisive feelings. So, let’s put it to a vote. Do you like Tim Burton’s movies?
Once a great Hollywood wunderkind, Tim Burton’s movies have over time settled into a very specific sort of formula so aptly parodied by this College Humor video. Take an existing popular story, weird it up with wacky visuals, put Johnny Depp in the lead, and slather an interchangeable Danny Elfman score on top. For some people (like Dick), Burton’s movies have become insufferable. Nonetheless, his “reimagining” of ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ managed to gross over a billion dollars at the box office last year.
Personally, I tend to like Burton’s movies, but not all of them. Dick singled out ‘Mars Attacks!‘ as the director’s last good film, but I’d call it one of his worst. We also disagree on ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ (Dick hated it, while I love it). I liked his adaptation of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ a lot more than I expected to, and I’d call ‘Sweeney Todd‘ one of his best films.
I think everyone will agree that the ‘Planet of the Apes‘ remake was a bust. I haven’t seen ‘Alice in Wonderland’, but will admit that the trailers looked like crap.
While I understand the complaint about Burton’s films becoming repetitive and formulaic, this strikes me as a standard that we hold filmmakers to but few other artists. No one complains that Picasso painted 60,000 variations of his “Portrait of a Woman.” (Seriously, about 90% of the paintings on the walls of the Picasso Museum in Paris are versions of the same image.) And honestly, I’ll be damned if I can tell one Beethoven composition apart from another. Does this devalue their positions as great artists?
Anyway, it’s time for you to weigh in. Tell us where you stand in the poll below.