Now look at the guy. What is he 230? Add an extra 10 lbs from those glasses. He's a big, fat bloated hack who treads on the grounds already traveled by others. The originality has drained from his body and been replaced by loads of trans fats. I'm talking about Sleepy Hollow, Planet Of The Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and now Sweeney Todd. Remakes or re-imaginings. Whatever you want to call it, it's laziness.
There's no doubt Burton was at his best when he was amazing us with his originality. Pee Wee's Big Adventure still holds up as a great, irreverent comedy. Beetlejuice was a wonderful story with visuals to match. And while I think Batman is dated, there's no doubt Burton helped resurrect or even springboard the comic book movie. And Ed Wood was a combination of all his best talents clicking.
Now he's no more than a snappy set designer. All style and no substance. Lumbering through his sets surrounded by people still telling him he's a genius. Tapping all the regulars (Johnny Depp, Danny Elfman, creepy sets) hoping to create movie magic one more time. I'm sure Sweeney Todd is going to look amazing and Johnny Depp will get into some weird, complicated character that's going to make the studio execs nervous (that's Johnny) but we won't be told a story that hasn't already been told so many times before. It's like Burton is going through and revising history. Making it all seen through his black curly shoed eyes. And that's to assume we all want him revising, remaking or re-imaging all this stuff for us.
I'll take my Disney Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, my 1968 Planet Of The Apes and my Gene Wilder Willy Wonka any day of the week. Thanks Tim, but no thanks. Keep your sausage fingers off my favorite stories and go make some of your own.