<span>Although I'd probably say that both Burton and Depp's best movie of the past decade-ish is "Sweeney Todd", I agree with your point.</span>
They seem to really enjoy doing what they do. Who are you and I to tell them they should stop?
I was just talking about this yesterday at my volunteer gig--the movie clatch is two retiree grandfathers, 32 year old me, and 28ish comic book artist/volunteer coordinator--and we think that their movies together all sort of bleed into the same movie.
I would say they're not making movies anymore. They're staging scenes, with some words spoken while the scenes are happening. It's like Pageant of the Masters, but with some movement. However, it's their schtick, and as long as people will still go see their movies, it's not gonna stop.
The Free Market.
Let them make another Ed Wood, and I'll gladly say no.(by the way, that movie is almost 20 years old...? I am ancient.)
Alice in Wonderland made a billion dollars (not a hyperbole) at the box office. I think the Free Market is on their side.
Burton and Depp embody my dream of the collaborative creative relationship. In my mind, they understand each other in a way that I want to experience. Though they seldom have entire movies that work, they have little moments of brilliance and those moments are worth it for me. I keep watching because theirs--their collective imagination--is a world that I wish I could glimpse, that I wish I could understand, that I wish I could inhabit if just for a moment. For all of Burton's crazy, his movies let me experience a world that I couldn't dream up on my own.
1. For both it's a close call, but I'll take Big Fish and Pirates 1 over Sweeney, if just because I'm still kind of bitter about them cutting "Ballad of Sweeney Toss."2. It's the only Depp/Burton combination of the past decade that's been Rated R rather than PG.13.
I would love to see a Ballad of Sweeney Toss.
I like this idea of a world they've created from their imagination. It's like the trailer for Moonrise Kingdom. It's the most Wes Anderson thing imaginable But rather (for me at least) than feeling "oh, he's still on this," it's "nice, I get to go back to this world he's created if only for an hour and a half."