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The Genius Of Burton And Keaton
Has anyone ver wondered what would happen if Tim Burton was forced to direct a movie that is a happy story. Can you imagine E.T. or It's A Wonderful Life if Tim Burton's dark comic genius got his hands on them. Would they make the movie better or be a diaster? Either way, one can only imagine. Burton is almost never a normal director. He chooses projects that revolve around loners and wierdo's but that's where he's most comfortable. And Beetlejuice is great along those lines. I mentioned earlier about Burton directing It's A Wonderful Life. Would Burton direct the movie the same way Frank Capra did? Probably not. Burton would probably focus more on the Pottersville side of It's A Wonderful Life. But now is the fun part. Would Beetlejuice work if it was done by someone like Steven Spielberg, someone known for his childlike view of the world. The point is, Tim Burton and films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman and Ed Wood go hand in hand. Just like Pinnochio, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White go hand in hand with Walt Disney. Beetlejuice is a movie about people with problems...until they meet a fellow whose problems are far worse than thiers! Beetlejuice is just a bad man. But unlike most villains, he knows he's bad and learns to except this and just have a good time! Michael Keaton is pitch-perfect as Beetlejuice, his best role in my opinion. Which is odd because Beetlejuice is a complex character with the many gears in his head turning. In Beetlejuice Michael Keaton seems to play Beetlejuice and somehow convey everything I just mentioned. But surprisingly, he can't seem to do it on Batman or Desperate Measures, two of his best movies. Michael Keaton and Tim Burton are overall great together and Beetlejuice only solidifies this bond!
History Becomes Interesting Whenever Stone Tells The Story
Oliver Stone reminds me of both director Tim Burton and the science fiction author Phillip K. Dick. Burton has a knack for making a terrible idea and turning it into a darkly shaped good movie. Phillip K. Dick is best known for writing stories in which anarchy ruled or an evil technology enslaved mankind. It didn't really matter what the subject was Dick always thought something was wrong, that there was a conspiracy for it. Oliver Stone's JFK is both of those. It takes a unique but strange and disturbing idea and turns it into a wonderful film. But this movie would have been a bit more thrilling for me if Oliver Stone had done something other than conspiracies. Stone is a gifted director and he is probably the only one in the world who could make a movie about the John F. Kennedy assasination and put you at the edge of your seat. Some of Oliver Stone's other work includes two Vietnam movies, Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July. Oliver Stone seems somewhat fascinated by this subject. But you have to remember that Oliver Stone actually fought in the Vietnam war as an enlisted man! He was not drafted. He volunteered. And when I look at his movies, I am reminded of what happens to Tom Cruise's character Ron Kovak in Born On The Fourth Of July. Kovak was a kid whose dad had fought in World War II and had come home and filled Ron's head with glorious stories of war, I can't blame a father for trying to side-step a painful experience. But Ron Kovak volunteers in the Vietnam war and is shot and paralyzed from the waste down. Kovak turn's into a bitter man who feels as if his country betrayed him. I have a hunch that a lot of what you see in Cruise's Kovak is Oliver Stone. You can tell by the kinds of movies he does. The characters all start out with good intentions but turn either miserable or evil or worse dead by the end of the film. It's very noirish but that tends to be Stone's trademark. And so in almost every Oliver Stone movie, you can guess that it will not be a happy story and JFK is not a happy story to begin with so naturally it will either have an unhappy end or a gloriously happy ending. But then the movie is done by Oliver Stone so we almost already know the ending. JFK does not disappoint. I'd take a gamble that all of it is true and that Oliver Stone knows who killed John F. Kennedy! I have never known a movie that is based on true events to keep the audience so excited about it. You know the basic facts. John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas. The police arrested Lee Harvey Oswald who was later shot by Jack Ruby in a parking lot. Everyone knows that. But Stone somehow magically keeps you guessing, it's almost like a whodunnit? But when you end JFK your mind should think of a million questions. The movie ties up most ends but I suspect that Stone left a few dangly just to keep you guessing. I recommend JFK.