“Dark Shadows” is a bipolar film that’s equal parts comedy and horror film.
In theaters: Friday, 11 May 2012
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer
Bob Tietjensaid on Monday, October 08, 2012 1:31:53 PMI enjoyed this movie quite a bit. I was skeptical about this particular project from the visual stunner Tim Burton, but he managed to impress me again. Johnny Depp is of course on top of his game as Barnabas Collins. The movie mostly takes place in 1972 and is punctuated from music from that year. Highly entertaining and often hilarious. Another home run for Burton and Depp.
Rob Kowalsaid on Monday, May 21, 2012 1:55:30 PMWill somebody please stop letting Tim Burton do remakes! They should have stopped him after he spewed his wretched "Planet of the Apes" remake at us! He has no respect for the original films and shows and thus they come out crap. (Planet of the Apes, Willy Wonka etc)
Now I will admit Burton has made some timeless classics: Pewee's Big Adventure, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood (His finest film IMO) and Big Fish (his 2nd finest film.)
However when he updates classics he never seems to have the proper respect and love for the original material. "Ed Wood" was wonderful because like myself he had a true love for the amazingly inept filmmaker's boundless enthusiastic drive and uncanny ability to make the most unintentionally funny grade-z duds in the history of Hollywood. ("Plan 9"'s only rival is Phil Tucker's "Robot Monster" and Ed's own "Glen or Glenda".
Even his Batman movies, despite their Box Office were complete crap IMO because by his own admission, he would never read a comic book.
Johnny Depp use to be the entertainment world's most underrated actor but except for creating film icon Jack Sparrow, he just keeps teaming with Burton to do the same shtick over and over. Wear period costumes and wear white makeup and act odd. His last success at doing that was Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" which while not Burtons's finest film it still stands as worthy homage to Hammer Films, which once again like Ed Wood he had the proper respect for what he was trying to pay homage to.
Kathy Nunezsaid on Saturday, May 12, 2012 10:48:37 PMThis movie was ridiculous! What a disappointment!! This movie ruined the legacy of the Dark Shadows series and Barnabas Collins. The ONLY part of this movie I enjoyed was the split-second cameo appearance of Jonathan Frid, the original Barnabas Collins....may he rest in peace.
Dan Skip Allensaid on Saturday, May 12, 2012 9:37:37 PMThis is my review of Dark Shadows From the Fourth Row!
Dale Herbestsaid on Friday, May 11, 2012 3:29:57 PMAt this point, I know exactly what would improve Tim Burton's output: hold the Johnny Depp, use a little less Helena Bonham Carter, add a large dose of Tim Curry, and drop on a dollop of Carrie Fisher. That's the recipe for greatness.
Jonathan Lemmonsaid on Thursday, May 10, 2012 9:08:34 PMI've been looking forward to this movie since the first time I heard it was being made. And although I respect your opinion, I'm still going to see this as soon as I can. This is Tim Burton's first vampire movie in his entire career. And I'm not alone when I say that we've all been waiting for Johnny Depp to play a vampire sometime in his life. We haven't had a proper vampire film in a very long time (Eclipse being an exception). I feel that this movie could not only be a return for proper vampire moviemaking but also a comeback for Tim Burton's classic sense of humor that made him one of my favorite directors. You mentioned the PG-13 rating and Johnny Depp's performances when it comes to 19th century style acting. I honestly don't mind any of that. Vampire violence is fun when it's rated R, but the PG-13 rating allows for more suspence instead of just cutting right to the neck-biting. I don't know if this movie focuses on suspence but I was just making a point.
Johnny Depp is always exelent. Even when he's playing the same Victorian age bad boy, he always delivers a different spin on his roles. And both he and Tim Burton are one of the few moviemaking duos who understand each other as if they were brothers. Scorsese and DiCaprio, Spielberg and Hanks, and Raimi and Campbell are a select three other examples that work extremely well together though.
Johnny and Tim always know what their audiences want and they always deliver. I have a feeling that I will enjoy Dark Shadows very much as another entertaining Burton/Depp experience:)
Crazy Daveysaid on Thursday, May 10, 2012 6:00:38 PMSeriously, Johnny Depp has to STOP working with Tim Burton. THAT'S getting tiring.