The Corpse Bride Movie Review Summary

Actors: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Paul Whitehouse, Joanna Lumley, Albert Finney, Christopher Lee, Richard E. Grant

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Victor Van Dort is the son of recently wealthy aristocrats, and he is being forced to marry Victoria, the daughter of even wealthier aristocrats. The marriage is one of a mutually beneficial nature for both families. Victor's family will see a rise in social class, and Victoria's family will also see a slight increase in their fortune as well. However, Victor is nervous about marrying someone he doesn't even know, but upon meeting Victoria the two quickly fall in love. During the wedding rehearsal Victor keeps on flubbing his lines, and is scolded by the priest, so he runs out of the church to regain his senses and practice his lines. Upon spotting a twig sticking out of the ground Victor practices his lines and putting the ring on his bride to be's finger, and wouldn't you know he nails it. Unfortunately, that wasn't a twig it was the finger of an undead bride, and she willingly takes Victor's hand in marriage. Now it is up to Victor to convince his new bride the whole incident was a mistake, and he must find a way to get back to his bride to be.
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Best part of story, including ending: It was a nice take on the institution of marriage, and it gives the audience an idea of how an arranged marriage would have worked back in the day, the film does all these things while incorporating fantastic elements and an interesting mythology regarding the dead. Given the fil's subject matter the whole thing ends up being a very lively take on love, death, family, duty, and responsibility.

Best scene in story: When Victor is reunited with his dead dog, the scene was equal parts funny and cutesy.

Opinion about the main character: He's definitely a pushover and could use some toughening up, otherwise he is a likable and relatable character.

The review of this Movie prepared by jay russell a Level 3 Eurasian Jay scholar

Script Analysis of The Corpse Bride

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% **Fantasy or Science Fiction?**    -   fantasy story on another world/distant past Romance    -   Yes If a cartoon...    -   stop motion animation Human/Magical couple?    -   Yes Type of couple    -   He's a human, she's a magical being Cartoon?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   not employed but independently wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   English/British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Earth setting:    -   19th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Tone of movie    -   funny

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