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Dark Shadows Reviews

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½ March 13, 2016
Defiantly better than expected!
½ February 13, 2016
Super strange and fun in that Burton/Depp fashion, but seems to occasionally drag. It's not for everyone and it's not as good as previous Burton entries, but if you're a fan, there is fun to be had.
½ February 12, 2016
Dark and hilarious, with a Johnny Depp in good shape : a good Tim Burton film.
½ February 6, 2016
Dark Shadows is a dramatic comedy about a cursed man turned into a vampire and buried alive for two centuries until someone releases him in 1972. It certainly has a creepy gothic visual to it but the great cast and Tim Burton himself couldn't save this film packed with cheesy one-liners and poor execution. Overall it's a little to long and to bland.
February 6, 2016
Good visuals, good cinematography, bad story, bad movie, come on Burton you're better than this man.
February 2, 2016
It is hard to explain this movie, because it is tragically uneven. Things start of so well with a narrated back-story where a wealthy young man in Victorian times betrays a witch in love with him in favor of another woman. The witch, played by the lovely and versatile Eva Green, enchants his lover and casts her over a cliff to her death. Depp's character is not so lucky, she makes him a vampire and buries him alive, incapable of dying and reuniting with his true love in the afterlife. This is all good so far; the sets and costumes look great, and the story is sound. Depp finds himself unburied in modern times and finds the town he once knew is now completely different. He reconnects with an enjoyable cast of decedent family members living in his old estate. The present-day family is quirky and off beat and full of dysfunctionality. It has upbeat sentiment as his loyalty to his bloodline compels him to help his new family. There is still a dark undertone to the protagonist though, because he is a vampire and must feed off the living. Three-quarters of the way through the movie, everything is enjoyable with colorful characters and a plot that has heart and humor. Then things unexplainably lose their way. The story rushes itself and devolves to expensive computer generated action scenes. Where did the personality and cleverness in storytelling go? It does not recover until the final scene and by then it is too late. Strong performances from Eva Green, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Michelle Pfeiffer mean nothing when the director loses control this badly. Tim Burton shows his strengths in finding kindness and fun within inherently dark characters, but the story telling falls by the wayside as the finish line is in sight. It is a pity.
January 21, 2016
Good Tim Burton Movie....
January 16, 2016
Dark Shadows offers stunning visuals, a delightfully dark atmosphere, quirky humor, and a talented cast in spite of an inconsistent story and a lack of narrative focus
January 16, 2016
an awesome movie to watch with friends on a Saturday night ;)
½ December 30, 2015
$9.50 strange but a great homage
½ December 18, 2015
Liked the special effects and details to different times.
December 17, 2015
Funny film and entertaining
December 16, 2015
November 23, 2015
sorry Deep! this maybe it is one of your worst movies ever.
½ November 16, 2015
A movie that lacked so much direction that the original plot doesn't enter into until the last 2 minutes of the film. Tim Burton apparently had ideas for about seven other movies that wouldn't work on their own. He crams all of those ideas into this one movie, where they don't work anyway. In this film, once there is a plot point of any kind, it is either not discussed for 1/3rd of the movie, or it is immediately resolved that very scene, then we move on to yet another one. This movie has absolutely no focus what-so-ever. It doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy, horror, drama, or romance, so it decides to be one of those every other scene and it is just exhausting.

The Bella Heathcote is in the film for a total of five scenes of the movie, and she is in the first few scenes of the movie as the main focal point. Johnny Depp is the focal point for the majority of the film, and decides that he loves her for no other reason than meeting her once, and walking with her on the beach once. This movie has no build up on any front, and decides to hit it out of the park without even battering up.

Dark Shadows has no audience. It's one thing to reach a demographic, but be good enough for others, but it's another thing to reach absolutely no audience at all because of how vague the plot is, and how childish/adult oriented the movie turns out to be.

There are some genuinely funny moments, and the movie has shown promise more than once through out, but these moments of glee are interrupted by large portions of sporadic jumps across the screen. There are times when we truly feel for Johnny Depp's character, and his overacting is actually humanizing to a degree of someone who was a fish out of water or a man out of his own time. Yet he still murders innocent people and handles his problems so blatantly bad that the sympathy for him is limited down to nearly nothing.

It's a mystery of how Tim Burton wanted to play this film out in the first place. He obviously had some good ideas, but every single idea that is brought to the screen is soon wiped off in order for another to take its place. Then there comes the third act, where we are treated to the most uncalled horrorfest money can buy. Remember when I said there was no build up to this movie? The third act was the prime example. All of the sudden we are shown things that had absolutely no build up to it anywhere throughout the film. They are just brought to the screen and we are supposed to accept them, and after being beaten with so many random plot points, you feel like you've ran a marathon, and the movie ends with very little to recollect.

This film is not worth the time nor the effort to attempt to watch. It paints an obvious picture of how hard times have fell on a formerly great director, and why it may be time for him to hang up his director's chair for good. Do not give this film the time of day unless you are just such a die-hard Johnny Depp fan that you want to see everything of his in the first place. Either way, you have been warned.
November 8, 2015
Looks funny plus I typically like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp movies.
November 2, 2015
Funny movie. I liked it. The dark tone of it adds to the movie making it likable.
November 2, 2015
Very good film and excellent performance by Johnny Depp
November 2, 2015
While it has its moments of being funny and dramatically violent the film's story and script let it down but the performances just about save it to make it worth a watch, the last half an our is the worse, the film seems to not know how to finish the story and becomes a rash job of bad film making
October 31, 2015
Pretty good movie. Enjoyed the cast especially.
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