Written May 26, 2012
This could have been a fantastic film, but it came up short. The humor was glib and boring, though at times well timed. The acting was good but who cares--the characters didn't have enough depth to begin with (except for the daughter). The plot and development was so utterly predictable I could have slept through the whole thing. Not sure why Burton, Elfman, Depp, Bonham-Carter & the whole crew troubled themselves for this one. And the ending--so lame--please tell me they won't make a sequel.
Written May 14, 2012
I'm hearing a bunch of negative reviews about this movie. All in all it was entertaining. I wasn't expecting something epic or mind blogging. It was very enjoyable - I did not get bored with the movie and laughed often. I don't feel it was meant to be anything novel or totally out there (as some of Tim Burton's films are). To sum up, it was lighthearted, funny, and very silly.
Written May 12, 2012
I watched Dark Shadows as a kid (sneaking away to do so without my parents permission). I was looking forward to this film, mainly because of the nostalgia, Johnny Depp, and what I thought would be comedic. There was some nostalgia, Johnny Depp was good--the facial expressions alone make it fun to watch, but the trailers lead us to believe it would be more comedic. I really hate being duped. Why can't Hollywood just be honest? The trailers showed all the comedy--nothing was left. There really was so much darkness and macabre it wasn't fun to watch by the middle. Killing the innocent hippies, really? The plot was a bit contrived and the 1970's family didn't make sense at all--where did these people come from? He was in friggin' box for 2 centuries! And the sexual suggestive material was unnecessary and made it uncomfortable for us since my teenager was with us--it was rated PG-13.
Written May 11, 2012
I enjoyed the movie very much!
Written May 12, 2012
As a die hard Johnny Depp fan and a child of the 70s I loved the movie... Johnny plays the part of Barnabus with his own special touch, and the period setting was spot on. Tim Burton does it again with the fantastically gothic effects and old-school horror themes. No sparkly vampires here! Can't wait for the next one (the ending SCREAMS sequel)!