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Movie Review – Dark Shadows

Who’s in it?
Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Mortez, Bella Heathcote and Johnny Lee Miller

Whats it about?
Barnabas Collins is a wealthy playboy in Collinsport, Maine and is the master of Collinwood Manor. He breaks the heart of a witch, Angelique Bouchard, who curses his family including all his lovers, turns Barnabas into a vampire and buries him alive in a chained-coffin in the woods. 200 years later in 1972, Barnabas is accidentally freed from his coffin…

First off, viewers heading to this on the strength of the trailers should be warned that it is not the all out, family fun comedy it has been marketed as. Instead, Burton’s movie is a mish-mash of horror and comedy, romance and drama. In short its a curious, funny, kooky slice of supernatural.  

Depp is, as usual, excellent here. His own love of the character he grew up watching on tv as a kid shines through and he infuses the vampire with his trademark quirk, kitsch and humour. The dysfunctional descendants of the Collins household do their best with a story that tries to cater for them all but never quite manages to tie everything together. Eva Green’s witch Angelique Bouchard sizzles on screen in her scenes with Depp and at times their chemistry bubbles over leading to some fireworks between the pair. Rarely has Tim Burton given his leading man as strong a villain as he has with Green here.

There are moments of genuine horror, genius humour, and sweeping romance on display here and by the time the finale closes in, a (literally) monstrous CGI affair, everyone will have found something to like about the movie, just not enough to love it.

(Images courtesy IMDb)


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