As he did with “Edward Scissorhands,” director Tim Burton strips away some of the shine of suburbia to show the darker side that lurks below. There is his fascination with life and death that has popped up in his “Corpse Bride.” And there is Burton’s macabre interest in life after death, a driving theme of “Beetlejuice.” As long as the film focuses on those elements, “Frankenweenie” is a thrills-and-chills ride brought to life through Burton’s quirky artistic style.
You might argue with the film’s politics, but the one thing that isn’t debatable is the performance by Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. It’s Moore’s brilliant work that’s the true strength of the production.
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