Corpse Bride (2005) Movie Review

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Corpse Bride (2005)

2005 | PG | Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Family, Animation, Musical
77 minutes / 1h 17min

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Corpse Bride Plot Synopsis:

Set back in the late 1800s in a Victorian village, a man and woman by the names of Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot are betrothed because the Everglots need the money or else they'll be living on the streets and the Van Dorts want to be high in society. But when things go wrong at the wedding rehearsal, Victor goes into the woods to practice his vows. Just as soon as he gets them right, he finds himself married to Emily, the corpse bride. While Victoria waits on the other side, there's a rich newcomer that may take Victor's place. So two brides, one groom, who will Victor pick?

Corpse Bride (2005) Review

Corpse Bride (2005) is a 1h 17-min British-American stop-motion-animated drama film that had an estimated budget of $40 million and grossed over $117.2 million. Directors Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), Ed Wood (1994)) and Mike Johnson (The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Anomalisa (2015)) excelled upon executing this marvelous film. Corpse Bride was the third stop-motion feature film that was produced by Tim Burton and the first to be directed by him and is also the first stop-motion feature film from Tim Burton that was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Victor Van Dort (Voice of Johnny Depp - Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)) is the son of a rich fish merchant. Victoria Everglot (Voice of Emily Watson - Breaking the Waves (1996), War Horse (2011), Red Dragon (2002)) is the daughter of hateful aristocrats. Victoria is neglected and preparing for her arranged marriage with Victor. The arranged marriage will raise Victor’s parents social class while making Victoria’s family rise from being penniless to becoming wealthy.

Victoria and Victor were hesitant about marrying each other without knowing each other but instantly fell in love after meeting for the first time. Victor was embarrassed after he was scolded by Pastor Galswells (Christopher Lee - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)) for forgetting his wedding vows during rehearsal. He ran to a nearby forest where he decided to practice his vow after placing the wedding ring on what he thought was a tree root but turned out to be a murdered woman’s finger. The woman rises from the grave stating that she is Victor’s wife resulting in Victor to faint. He awoke in the Land of the Dead and shortly after learning of how his spirit bride Emily (Helena Bonham Carter - The King’s Speech
(2010), Fight Club (1999), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010)) was murdered years ago. Emily was killed by criminals on the night she was about to elope.

The movie progresses to being an emotionally bittersweet macabre musical that was high-spirited and a darkly poignant tale of love lost. The imaginative characters, sets, humor, inspired songs, macabre matrimony, inventive style, and a morbid story of true love makes Corpse Bride one of the best stop-motion animated romantic musical comedy ever. The movie flowed fluidly with drop-dead gorgeous scenes that displayed an imaginative mix of horror and humor.

  • Corpse Bride Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 8.02
  • IMDB: 7.4
  • MetaCritic: 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.4

About Corpse Bride 2005

Title: Corpse Bride
Year: 2005
Runtime: 77 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Family, Animation, Musical
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 4.01/5 stars from 217,322 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 217,322 MPAA Rating: PG
Corpse Bride Cast Starring: Johnny Depp, Christopher Lee, Deep Roy, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gough, Richard E. Grant, Emily Watson, Paul Whitehouse, Enn Reitel, Albert Finney, Danny Elfman, Jane Horrocks, Joanna Lumley, Tracey Ullman, Stephen Ballantyne, Lisa Kay
Corpse Bride Writers: Tim Burton, Carlos Grangel, John August
Corpse Bride Director: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
Box Office: $53,300,000
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA, UK