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Stream of the Day: ‘Corpse Bride’ Was Tim Burton’s Last Great Movie — and Explains His Decline

Stream of the Day: ‘Corpse Bride’ Was Tim Burton’s Last Great Movie — and Explains His Decline

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Among the American filmmakers who came to prominence in the ‘90s, few have experienced the level of diminished returns that has afflicted Tim Burton’s career. Over the past decade, the erstwhile gothic maestro has delivered one disappointment after another, driven in part by the 2010 blockbuster sensation “Alice in Wonderland.” The movie delivered massive box office dollars around the planet, but reduced Burton’s kooky energy to formula readymade to rejuvenate dormant IP, setting unreasonable expectations that did him no favors, and culminated in last year’s dud “Dumbo.” While 2012’s “Frankenweenie” provided a charming callback to the zany aesthetic that put Burton on the map, it hardly achieved more than that.

To truly appreciate Burton at his best, you have to go back 15 years.

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