The Reflective Style Of Tim Burton's Distinctive Style

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In this essay, I will show how Tim Burton has a distinctive style that allows the viewers to recognize one of his films but similar elements found in his films. By examining the similarities between a range of his movies I will be able to decide on what features he uses in each of his films. Elements that these films have in common are the misunderstood and odd main characters, the use of gothic architecture, fantasy environments, the battle between good and bad, stereotypes, use of flashbacks, motifs, unrealistic stories and consistent use of characterizations, production, cast, crew, theme, style and genre makes Tim Burton’s work distinctive. I will be talking about the battle between good and evil, misunderstood characters, stereotypes and …show more content…
The audience expects for the fight between good and evil to come to an end with a resolution being made. However, Tim Burton’s films the endings aren’t always satisfactory to the audience or predictable like the audience had thought. An example of this being the case, in the movie of Sweeny Todd (2007), the movie ends in a bloody mess, where all the main characters are dead yet the small characters such as Sweeney’s girl and his young companion all live. Tim Burton’s films also focus around the wrong doing of high positioned people, this can be seen in his movie Batman Returns (1992) such as the President of Gotham City (Max Shreck) and the judge in Sweeny Todd because they both have success, authority and have gotten acceptance from society tend to be the one who uses their higher position to be corrupt and evil, the real monsters, whereas those who are considered to be the monster, the people who society do not accept are the ones who deserve recognition from society. Some of the misunderstood characters include Penguin from Batman Returns as all he wants is to gain the acceptance and adoration from society but this is something Max Shreck has already gotten. Another example of this is with the character of Edward Scissorhands. He is perceived as a monster due to his difference but in reality he is kind and also wants to receive acceptance and love from society. However, since he appears to be different, …show more content…
He tends to use a certain motif in all of his films that allow the audience to instantly pick up on it being a Tim Burton film. These include death, blood, dark primary colours, violence and gore. He also uses a contrast between light and dark. The darkness is used to highlight his use of gothic imagery and uses light as a way to emphasize certain aspects. (Perno, 2014)2 Death is another common theme found throughout his films. Edward Scissorhands, Sweeny Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Sleepy Hallow, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland and many more have near death experiences or actual death. In the film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, most of the characters face a near death experiences from Augustus almost drowning in chocolate to then being sucked up a pipe to Violet ballooning into a blueberry and having to be rolled out of the

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