Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, comes across Christmastown and kidnaps Santa Claus, planning to take over the role for himself.
I am mildly aware of Tim Burton’s films. I have previously seen films such as Corpse Bride, but for some reason I had sidestepped this film considerably. However, when friends recommended this film I thought it the perfect time to watch and review it.
Visually, it is masterful and fun despite the dark tone. It has its moments of humour too although they are luckily very understated so it doesn’t detract from the main film itself. The stop motion animation is very good, also. The voice actors being loaded with relatively unknown (to me, at least) actors means that I went into watching the film without any heavy preconceptions at what I expected from the actors.
The songs are mostly memorable, and the film itself is expertly crafted. It is quite lean on the running time but I always see this film as a warm up for Tim Burton’s other movies. It also has an important message at its core – that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence.
That being said, I don’t think this film needs repeated viewings to be appreciated. It’s the sort of film you can watch once and enjoy for a long time.
MY RATING: *** / *****