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Reasons to Like Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

ph. Warner.

Saw this at NFB as part of the LuminaTO festival. Most of these reasons are Tim Burton related.

It’s pre-“Big Fish” Tim Burton. Nothing wrong with that movie, but what’s wrong is what comes after that.

It’s light and colourful, the exact opposite of his moodier films.

Tim Burton actually uses real mise-en-scene instead of CGI, the latter devoid of humanity.

The art director and the director of photography worked hard, especially for Pee Wee’s house. I want that house now.

Because Rube Goldbergs are awesome.

Because Danny Elfman emulates Bernard Hermann (no relation?) in this movie, of all places.

Because as much as it makes fun of childhood’s absurdities, it’s very honest about its fears and losses.

I love children’s movies with dirty jokes. However, don’t bring your child to watch this movie.

Because bikes are environmentally friendly.

It shows Paul Reubens in drag at least twice. And he wears said dresses on top of a suit and never breaks a sweat.

I don’t know exactly what Paul Reubens does in this movie, but it’s acting.

It changed my opinion about white men doing excellent impressions of Mr. T.

And I’ve run out of good reasons. Some parts of the movie were surprisingly tedious. And why does he have all this cool stuff and not have a job?

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