Over the years, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter have starred in seven films together, from cult classics to the hapless. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter have had impressive film careers over the decades. Both actors managed to balance critically acclaimed dramas, blockbusters and cult trivia, while holding up their fair share of flops. From iconic star of Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise Jack Sparrow to Bonham Carter’s irreplaceable Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films, the couple have more than left their unique mark on film over the past few decades.
However, Depp and Bonham Carter also made seven impressive films together, and each of their collaborations offered the duo the chance to explore new territory together. More recently, Depp and former Terminator star Bonham Carter shared the screen in 2016’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Previously, the pair were seen together in 2013’s western reboot The Lone Ranger, while a trio of collaborations with Tim Burton preceded that blockbuster movie. With the director collaborating frequently with the two actors, it was inevitable that many Tim Burton films would reunite Bonham Carter and Depp. However, their most underrated pair arose from Burton’s collaboration with another lesser-known director. Here are all the films by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, ranked from worst to best.
7. The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger received a lot of criticism from critics, and the expensive and infamous flop deserved criticism for its long duration and lackluster visuals. Still, The Lone Ranger isn’t as bad as many critics have claimed, and as Quentin Tarantino noted, director Gore Verbinski’s effort deserves credit for his inspirational moments. Still, the underwhelming Lone Ranger remains Bonham Carter and Depp’s weakest screen output, mostly because their chemistry is wasted. Bonham Carter steals the show every time she appears as Red, a brothel woman with a heart of gold and a carved ivory leg. However, the disastrous failure of The Lone Ranger allowed Red to barely make an impression.
6. Alice through the looking glass
Overloaded and too long, 2016’s Alice Through the Looking Glass saw overly ambitious director James Bobbin fail to win back the fantasy of Burton’s previous hit. Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland was already a bit much, but Alice Through the Looking Glass is an almost plotless mess that sees a helmsman who made the Muppets work twice a bit wasting Lewis Carroll’s creations. . Bonham Carter is a lot of fun as the Red Queen, but Depp is firmly on autopilot in his second appearance as the Mad Hatter, phoning in a sinister Jack Sparrow impression that would make even the most indulgent fan shiver.
5. Alice in Wonderland
Though better than its sequel, 2010’s Alice in Wonderland is one of the first instances where Depp abuses his goofy character of Jack Sparrow in a non-Pirates of the Caribbean project. The actor isn’t helped by his surroundings, as Tim Burton flattens his signature style into something more akin to the Disney house aesthetic in an atypically bland incarnation of classic story. Yet even the most pedantic Alice in Wonderland tale overflows with the anarchic humor of the source material, and there are inspired moments in Burton’s film, including Bonham Carter’s Red Queen. Her performance elevates the effort, but the unnecessary CGI overload and unattractive gray color scheme keeps Alice in Wonderland low on her list of collaborations with Depp.
4. Dark Shadows
Though Dark Shadows is imperfect (and Chloe Grace Moretz’s weakest horror remake), the offbeat television adaptation is still a stronger showcase for Tim Burton’s talents than his latest Alice in Wonderland. Once again, Bonham Carter still steals the show in her supporting role as the perpetually drunk psychiatrist of a family of vampires, werewolves, and witches, but has stiff competition from vampire Eva Green and a hilariously outrageous Johnny Depp. With an absurdly twisted plot, it’s hard to deny there’s too much going on in Burton’s version of the classic 1970s soap opera of the same name. As chaotic as the Dark Shadows storyline may be, Burton’s film is still a lot of fun.
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
If Dark Shadows has tried too much, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have the opposite problem. Like Rob Zombie’s The Munsters, Burton’s Dark Shadows could have been better as a television show, while his portrayal of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory barely justifies his existence. Depp offers a different take on Roald Dahl’s famous antihero than Gene Wilder’s silent Willy Wonka, but the rest of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory doesn’t stray far enough from its iconic 1971 inspiration. For Outline of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory it would be be welcome when the result looks this good (although Bonham Carter and Depp’s lack of time for split screen makes it a place).
2. The corpse bride
An underrated gem, 2005’s Corpse Bride proved that Depp and Bonham Carter had great on-screen chemistry and put it to good use in a sweet animated gothic fairy tale set in motion. The heartbreaking real-life inspiration of Corpse Bride is considerably sadder than the film adaptation, but there’s no denying that Burton and co-director Mike Johnson manage to extract some real pathos (and dark comedy) out of the story. . Depp is in excellent shape as the gentle and meek hero who accidentally marries the titular undead heroine, an absolutely charming Bonham Carter. Visually stunning and ironically full of life, Corpse Bride misses the top spot only thanks to the quality of Depp and Bonham’s best collaboration.
1. Sweeney Todd: The evil barber on Fleet Street
Sweeney Todd: 2007’s The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is one of the darkest musicals of all time, but Tim Burton does a magnificent job of capturing the delicate tone of Sondheim’s musical. The strongest collaboration between Depp and Bonham Carter is also, and not surprisingly, the film that allows them to share the screen for most of its duration. Sweeney Todd’s brutal (originally even darker) story is enriched by their effortless chemistry, and the dark tale of revenge, misplaced love and hidden secrets ultimately culminates in a bloodshed, which he feels tragically defeated despite his merciless cruelty.
With a phenomenal supporting cast that includes a young Jamie Campbell Bower and an evil twist from Alan Rickman, Sweeney Todd: The Evil Barber of Fleet Street is not limited to Burton’s talent for dark humor and cold blood. However, these elements have a chance to shine in the Grand Guignol finale, a fusion of blood, tragic twists and high-pitched solos that might get ridiculous but end up striking in surprising ways. Sweeney Todd: The Barber Demon of Fleet Street is by far the saddest Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter movie coming out, and it’s also their best work to date.