Dark Shadows – Movie Review

2nd October 2012

So much to say, but first a little introductory blurb from iTunes:

“Director Tim Burton brings the cult classic series “Dark Shadows” to the big screen in a film featuring an all-star cast, led by Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter. In the year 1750, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from England to start a new life in America, where they build a fishing empire in the coastal Maine town that comes to carry their name: Collinsport. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet…until he makes the grave mistake of falling in love with a beauty named Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote) and breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death-turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Nearly two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972, a stranger in an even stranger time.”

I sat down to watch this knowing nothing except that it was another Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie. However, being a fan of their past movies (especially Sleepy Hollow), I knew I would enjoy its campiness, quirky fun nature that is a guarantee when you’re watching a Tim Burton flick.

Reasons to Watch:

– As usual, Johnny Depp is fantastic. He totally transforms into this vampire – the makeup is incredible and he is believable as Barnabus Collins, right down to the way he moves his hands.

– Bella Heathcote (she plays Victoria & Josette) is gorgeous and has this very billowy, eerie look about her that is perfect for her characters (think Shelley Duvall in The Shining). This is the first thing I’ve seen her in, and I can’t wait to see more – perfectly cast.

– The movie is just gorgeous to watch (signature Tim Burton) and dark and fun. I think it’s the perfect Halloween flick too, especially for someone who isn’t much of a horror/slasher flick fan.

I will tell you that although it is pegged as a comedy, I didn’t necessarily find it that funny. There were three different instances where I chuckled (yes I chuckle sometimes) but I can understand why this one would be difficult to absolutely peg into one specific genre.

Favorite Line of the Movie: “How soon can the horses be ready?” “We don’t have horses. We have a Chevy.”

Watch it or not? WATCH it, especially if you’re a Tim Burton fan and/or if you love Johnny Depp. The husband and I both gave it a 7 out of 10.


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35 thoughts on “Dark Shadows – Movie Review

  1. Tracy P

    It’s a tie- Depp’s portrayal of Willy Wonka in “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory” was brilliant. His comic timing impeccable. Equally quirky role as Madhatter in “Alice in Wonderland”. Loved him.

  2. Julie

    oh my, just one??!! Benny and June, Sleepy hollow. No, Edward Scissor hands, Nick of time. or chocolat. I love them all. He is my favorite actor.

  3. Lisa KH

    I love all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies! If I have to pick just one, it would have to be the first one – The Curse of the Black Pearl.

  4. Karin

    Chocolat,Chocolat,Chocolat,Chocolat,Chocolat,Chocolat,Chocolat,Chcolat,Chocolat, that’s probably as many times as I’ve seen it if not more.

  5. Hunter

    Thank you for reviewing Dark Shadows, Maria! I watched Dark Shadows over the weekend. I went online and rented it on Friday afternoon shortly before leaving my office at DISH. It was downloaded and ready to watch from my Hopper DVR the moment I walked in my door. Like you, I loved Sleepy Hollow and other Burton/Depp endeavors. However, many of their recent films, Dark Shadows included, seem to have an all too familiar feel to them. I think it may be time for them to part ways, at least until they can think of a new approach.


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