Dark Shadows Reviews
Can You Please Stop Running out of ideas?
Naturally, I was super excited when I heard about a movie.
Very disappointed. The comedy aspect of this movie ruined it.
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
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