Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dark Shadows

Originally Posted: 21 May 2012

IMDB: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 42%

Roger Ebert: 2.5/4 Stars

Release Date: May 11th 2012

Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, and Chloe Grace Mortez
Written By: John August, Seth Grahame-Smith

Directed By: Tim Burton

Based on Dan Curtis's TV show from the 1960's & 70's.

Described by IMDB as "An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection."


I have pretty mixed feelings on this one so I'm going to do this review a little differently. I'm going to first start with the things I liked about it and then say all of the things I didn't.

First off, the good things. As always, Johnny Depp doesn't disappoint. He pretty much carries this whole movie, and I thought he did it pretty well. The costume and make up was over the top as always, but it worked so well. He pretty much nailed it. I also loved that this took place in the 70's and they did an awesome job with the costumes and sets for that. It was really beautiful to look at, super colourful and interesting. I actually thought it was pretty funny. I wasn't laughing the whole way through, but it had a lot more humour then I was expecting. Michelle Pfeiffer actually was pretty good too, it was also so weird to see Helena Bonham Carter as a normalish person.

The down side to this film was the acting from pretty much everyone else in the film. Chloe Grace Mortez was really disappointing in this film. I loved her in Kick Ass and Hugo... and then there was this... Lets be real.. she was awful. It was actually painful to see her suck this bad. Again, she's pretty much my favorite young actor but this was just so bad. 


Overall I actually really enjoyed this film, I heard a lot of people say that it was awful, but I didn't think it was too bad. I don't think I'd watch it in theatres again, but I'd consider buying it, and I'd definitely download it. Overall, it was visually appealing, and the story was generally good, but poorly executed. It was definitely a bit of a disappointment, and nowhere near the best of Tim Burton, but it wasn't too bad.  

I'm going to give this film a 6.5/10. I think this might be my lowest rating so far, but I'd probably recommend it to most people.