May 12, 2012
Dark Shadows was my favorite show when I was a child. I was excited that the series was getting a re-boot with the help of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. I was thrilled at the result. The film is fantastic. Visually stunning, scary, romantic and funny. Being a junior in high school I loved seeing the era brought back from clothes, music, games and toys. The movie is very faithful to the show in most respects. All of the characters are there: Barnabas, Elizabeth, Carolyn, David, Roger, Willie Loomis, Mrs. Johnson, Victoria Winters/Josette/Maggie Evans (a clever way to morph those characters since the original Victoria early departure shifted Maggie to becoming the governess) and of course Angelique. Most characters are younger.
Bloodier, & much funnier. Barnabas's reactions to 1972 is hysterical. The end takes us on to new plot twists so it can wrap up the story. Burton and Depp have made it their own but still paid tribute to the original. Love the cameos of the tv cast.
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