October 17, 2012
Good movie but some complex themes for little kids
Love Tim Burton and my 9 year old does too. She doesn't mind the creepiness of his movies...usually. But her problem with this movie was with the dog dying (which is realistically portrayed so it really hits home with you) and that the sadness of that event keeps being revisited over and over, so you never really get over it. Even though the dog is "revived" and there are some funny parts in the movie, that sadness just kinda hangs over you. Even as an adult, I felt sad. I guess that means the movie did it's job by evoking a real emotion. But it's hard to explain that to your sobbing nine-year old. STILL, it is a great movie, well done motion-capture and the story (aside from the dead dog) has so many good lessons, about how fear breeds anger/violence/judgement/confusion, and even the importance of science in our schools. Loved Martin Landau as the science teacher! Glad we went to see it; not sure if we'll be buying it on DVD...no more sobbing kids, please.
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