The camera work, plot ideas, soundtrack, sets, and action in these early Burton works are madcap and wonderful. He manages to keep a gentle sweetness present even when ghoulishly bizarre things are happening on screen.
He’s certainly an auteur and it will be interesting to see if his techniques and style will influence directors in a few decades. We are going through a bit of a Kubrickian revival at the moment, which gives me some hope that a visual style can pass between generations of artists.
Another director who’s work is relevant again is the master Akira Kurasowa. Rogue One owes quite a bit to his pacing and style. The opening sequence which replaced the famous crawl could easily have been from a samurai movie with a few costume detail changes and a switch of swords for blasters.
Both directors mentioned above get accused of clumsy sentimentality. It’s not something I mind much, as long as it’s not too preachy.
It’s guess I’m getting soft.