The up and coming release of Alice in Wonderland will be the 7th collaboration between director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp. They keep putting out amazing films, with Depp putting in brilliant performances. We see it a lot when certain directors keep working with the same actors and putting out very good films, so once an actor finds a director who can bring out the best in them is it best for them to keep collaborating? I think so. Depp and Burton are a prime example of creating good films together which are wacky, wild and often random.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
It all started back in 1990 when the first collaboration between the two came in the form of the much loved Edward Scissorhands. A gothic fairytale which was very different from what had been seen before. A man who had scissors for hands moved in with a suburban family in what turned into a romantic tale which was rather on the dark side. This role really helped launch Johnny Depp into the spotlight.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Depp plays Willy Wonka, an eccentric candy maker who takes a small group of children on a tour of his factory. Taking on a role and remaking a film which was already so well known and loved was always going to be a difficult task. They had to make Willy Wonka totally different to the original and without fall they went for a very creepy and strange approach which is well associated with Burton. I really enjoyed this film as it was very creepy and random. I try not to compare to the original, I want to view it more as an update than a new version.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Depp, in the title role Sweeney Todd in a much loved Broadway musical must have been a very controversal choice for the role. But with Burton directing him they really do pull it off, Depp’s type of talk-singing really works well for this film. You knew his acting was always going to be spot on and he really did capture the torment and suffering Todd had been put through.
Lets hope that they continue to link up together and keep making the films we really want to see. As it is a very special relationship.
I am still yet to see 3 of the films . . . or 2 and a bit as I have seen parts of Sleepy Hollow (1999) on a few occasions but never managed to watch the whole film. This leaves the other two being Corpse Bride (2005) and Ed Wood (1994). If any one would like to make comment on those films, please feel free to share your views!
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
In this upcoming film based on the Lewis Carroll novel, Depp takes on the role of The Mad Hatter! Out in theatres on Friday!
What do you think of the collaborations between Depp and Burton?