OK I don’t like Tim Burton’s work – though I watch most of his films.
Sometimes I admit it gets perfect, like in Nightmare Before Christmas.
I love his musician : Dany Elfman. I love Lisa Marie in Mars Attack, or the snow scene in Edward Scissorhands.
I find most of his films boring because he’s doing a little symmetry from Disney (where he comes from, right?). Not obsessed by love but by death, not pink but black, etc. Moons, nights, claw-like trees, fog, it always the saaaame. For me, it’s as much platitude cliché than romantic sunsets with lovers.
He’s playing doll, he teaches us nothing, he never frightens us really, he’s a blah blah blah false macabre.
In his last interviews, Burton admits he’s running in circles, having said, maybe, everything in his little territory, which I could call :
mainstream harmless cute gothic, with sweet crackpots
I dreamed of Burton making other movies (which, I reckon, is stupid). It’s harmless, and I see the pinky behind the “dark fairy tale” imagery. And I hated all of Alice. So there!
I read Black Hole, from Charles Burns, a very disturbing experience. It haunts you, it makes you think, it makes you wonder about his metaphors, monsters, difference, art, unadaptability, sickness of society, decadence, melancholy…
There : it touches something, it works – even if it’s not pleasant.
Burton has something in common with Charles Burns. He depicts the American way of life as a sweet suburb nightmare. One is harmless, the other one is… terrible.
The questions are :
What do I think about this state of mind who wants to be shown differences, to be disturbed… but without any more consequences than pleasure? Is there a matter of borders?
For example, I love action movies with accidents and gunshots (Fury Road, The Heat), but I absolutely can’t bear cam footages of real murders and deaths on 4chan.
Burton bores me. Burns fascinates and disturbs me. There’s a border, right?
Is it a fakeness problem? Where could I find this frontier, elsewhere? In music? Is there a fake avant-garde? Where? What is a rebel in his parents’s house? Where do I use MAYA here (most advanced, yet acceptable)? In front of Art, do I want to suckle sugar pleasure, or do I want to be disturbed and questioned a little?
Hmmmm too big. Needs other articles, right?
Thanks for reading!