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Dark Shadows Reviews

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August 27, 2016
it's bad bad movie...
½ August 10, 2016
Tim Burton has given us many a cinematic wonder over his many years in the industry. But, he has also produced and directed films which this description fails to apply to; an example of which being the 2012 film, Dark Shadows. Though an all-star cast and classic source material may have looked promising, this film only succeeds in giving us what is a frankly quite odd and baffling end result. Overacting by Johnny Depp and Eva Green is not helped by a forced and predictable script; this is tipped off by a messy story that is an uncomfortable mixture between horror, comedy and drama. Despite this, however, Dark Shadows is, at times, quite comedic and you cannot ignore the flair and quirkiness of the film. Most of all, the film is rarely boring and is still an enjoyable watch. This Burton outing, starring this lesser known Addams Family, is far from brilliant and only just good, but still manages to create an entertaining guilty pleasure.
½ July 30, 2016
Admittedly, Dark Shadows can't balance comedy and gothic horror. But it's visually unique and often hilarious thanks to great performances and a great soundtrack
½ July 25, 2016
Screw You Johnny Depp and Tim Burton
Can You Please Stop Running out of ideas?

Score: 2.5/10
½ July 24, 2016
I am a huge fan of the original Dark Shadows series.
Naturally, I was super excited when I heard about a movie.
Very disappointed. The comedy aspect of this movie ruined it.
July 10, 2016
It may not be for everyone, but for diehard Burton fans, it's another treat from him.
July 10, 2016
Funny& twisted and strange love story/ family drama
½ June 30, 2016
This was okay but disappointing considering its pedigree. Burton and Depp seem to be coasting right now--perhaps Burton should consider someone else to be his muse or alter ego. It IS nice to see Pfeiffer have a renaissance of sorts in recent films such as The Family and Dark Shadows, though she is capable of so much more better parts.
½ June 30, 2016
This was okay but disappointing considering its pedigree. Burton and Depp seem to be coasting right now--perhaps Burton should consider someone else to be his muse or alter ego. It IS nice to see Pfeiffer have a renaissance of sorts in recent films such as The Family and Dark Shadows, though she is capable of so much more better parts.
June 4, 2016
More interesting that I hoped for, but still not up to the quality of other Burton films.
½ June 1, 2016
Eight time dynamic duo, eccentric director/producer Tim Burton and legendary character actor Johnny Deep are together again to make more quirky camera magic. Based on cult-classic TV series Dark Shadows, a revolutionary supernaturally themed gothic-horror daytime soap nominated for an Emmy 1968, the odd story is as different and unique as those resurrecting it from the archives. A match made in heaven.

One of the greatest pleasures when watching a film is being able to expect and embrace a distinctive creative style. From Edward Scizzorhands, Sleep Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeny Todd and Alice in Wonderland to The Nightmare before Christmas and Corpse Bride, the captivating paring between Burton and Deep has carved a niche in the industry that simply no one can attempt to emulate.

In 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins take their young son Barnabas and flee from Liverpool England to America in hopes of new life and escaping the mysterious curse that has plagued their family for years.

Two Decades later, the now rich, powerful and an incorrigible playboy, Barnabas (Johnny Depp) is the master of Collinwood Manor and has the town of Collinsport, Maine falling at his feet.

The egotistical Barnabas makes a grievous mistake when he unwittingly breaks the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). The wrong lady to scorn, Angelique is a powerful witch and dooms Barnabas to a fate worse than death, cursing him to the shadows as a vampire and burying him alive for eternity.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb, emerging into the very different world of 1972. Returning to his rightful home, the once-grand estate has fallen to complete ruin and the dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better.

Each descendant harbors their own dark secret and hidden agenda; The matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) attempts to raise her precocious 15 year old Carolyn (Chloë Grace Moretz) whilst salvaging the failing family business after being sold off in pieces by her irresponsible younger brother Roger (Johnny Lee Miller).

Roger, a recent widower (under dreadful circumstances) is the disputed father to a spoilt David (Gulliver McGrath), who is mostly cared for by the unflappable new governess Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote). The whole family is being 'treated' by resident crazy psychiatrist Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter) and receives day to day assistance from the drunken servant Willy Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley).

A family man at heart, Barnabas must exercise the various demons, witches, werewolves and ghosts in his endeavor to restore his estate to its former glory and his family to some kind of normality. A difficult and daunting task in its self but when his cuckoo former flame returns to destroy his eternal life once again, does Barnabas have the will power to survive her feminine whiles or will he end up buried in an even more compromising position than last time?

Depp's ingeniously characterized peculiarities reach for new heights, Pfeiffer grounds the project with depth and gravity, Carter has her usual over-the-top presence, whilst the usually demure Green commands particular fiery attention. Cameos from Christopher Lee, Alice Copper and a number of the original TV cast accentuates the productions Adam's Family quality but touched with a hint of 1970's Technicolor overt hippiness.

The Verdict: A novel step-back-in-time but with a distinctively modern direction, Dark Shadows brings something a little different to otherwise action dominated cinemascope to tickle your fancy. We can all use a little fun and quirk in our lives and why not get it from the source and reigning king of nonconformist in his most recent trek down the proverbial rabbit hole?

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 11/05/2012
May 21, 2016
One of the best Johnny Depp movies ever.
May 20, 2016
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May 8, 2016
Alolaustikotato alla oxi gia pollous!
Prosopika to apolausa
April 20, 2016
bad movie but enjoyable
½ April 9, 2016
I think it got a bad reputation from day one. Not the best film by any means. But for a campy, humor heavy and kind of family flick, not THAT bad. A few cringes here and there, but otherwise funny and fun.
April 2, 2016
Dark Shadows based on the showâ?¦well Dark Shadows. Vampires, Witches and Were-Wolfs this film has quite a powerful cast and with a dark and comedic side. I don't see why people have a problem.
March 14, 2016
Honestly, not awful. It wasn't a brilliant movie. It was just a lot of fun. So leave your brain at the door and enjoy it.
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.
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