May 10, 2012
Critics Consensus: Dark Shadows Doesn't Scare Up Enough Laughs
This week at the movies, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp reteam to spoof the 1970s horror soap opera "Dark Shadows," with help from Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, and ChloŽ Grace Moretz. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have made plenty of witty, macabre pictures together. Unfortunately, critics say their latest, Dark Shadows, lacks their particular brand of black magic - despite moments of oddball inventiveness, the film suffers from jarring tonal shifts that prevent the story from resonating. Based on the 1970s soap opera, Dark Shadows stars Depp as Barnabas, a wealthy 18th century playboy who becomes a vampire after breaking a witch's heart.