May 25, 2012
Zany fun that only Burton and Depp can provide.
Having not seen the TV series, I went into this with a clean slate as far as the Dark Shadows story goes. I did expect the kind of zany happenings that always occur when Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up, and I was not disappointed there. While there are a lot of funny moments, especially when Barnabas Collins is reawakened and familarizing himself with the modern world, there are times when the movie can't seem to decide whether it's a comedy or a horror film. One scene in particular, where Barnabas meets up with some hippies in a forest, perfectly illustrates this. That aside, there were some great performances. Depp is great as always, and Eva Green gives a devilishly wicked performance as Barnabas's nemesis, Angelique. It was also nice to see Michelle Pfeiffer again, who I was beginning to think had retired from acting. So, while the movie does struggle with it's identity at times, I found it to be entertaining overall. With Burton and Depp, it's always a fun ride.
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