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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (1985)

Pace Tim Burton ’s current respectability/bankability, has he made a film worth cheering since 1994's ED WOOD?* Unearned approbation probably helps make his debut seem better than it really is. He’s helped by the modest scale, budget & effects which keep him from over-elaborating, though technically, he can’t handle the simplest action scene. (Ahem. He still can’t.) Paul Reubens ’ Pee-Wee should probably stay clear of scenes involving real life little kids (it’s like seeing Pluto & Goofy in the same animated short), but the picaresque elements in crossing the country to find a lost bike play out like a Deluxe Pop-Up edition of a Jane & Michael Stern guidebook. *SWEENY TODD has since appeared so things may have changed.

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