Opening in theatres from director Tim Burton and Warner Brothers comes the reinvention of the one who lives in the “Dark Shadows”.
This film tells the story of Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), a man from a wealthy family who builds the town of Collinsport, Maine. Having a fling with the young housemaid Angelic Bouchard (Eve Green) turns horribly wrong when Barnabas falls for the lovely Josette (Bella Heathcote).
As a revenge Angelic takes destroys his love and turns Barnabas into a vampire. She turns the town’s people into a mob and they bury him alive. One hundred and ninety nine years later Collinwood, still inhabited by Collins relatives, things aren’t going so well.
Leading the family now is Elizabeth (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her husband Roger (Jonny Lee Miller). Along with raging teen daughter Carolyn (Chloe Grace Moretz) and nephew David (Gullliver McGrath), the house is also occupied by psychiatrist Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter) and groundskeeper Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley).
A new addition comes to town, Victoria Winters (also played by Bella Heathcote), answers an advertisement to be a governess for young David.
Through a fluke, Barnabas rises again to find the world is not quite as he left it. Eager to regain his family glory he starts the family business once again and cleans up Collinwood. One person who isn’t too happy with all this is Angelic Bouchard – who has made quite a name for herself while Barnabas was away.
Its time these two settled their differences!
FINAL WORD: Depp has made it an art to do films with director Tim Burton. As Barnabas he is funny, sweet, and everything that Depp is known to pull off. I normally love almost anything Depp does, this – I only like.
Green as Bouchard puts in an evil performance but needs to work on the voice. There were times when it got so deep I couldn’t tell what she was saying. Pfeiffer got to at least play a semi-bored character, which had to be a blast.
Carter was good as she also usually is in a Burton film. Moretz played the teen angst well but it really became monotonous after a while. I wish there had been more of a character for the young McGrath to play as well.
Heathcote was the right girl to play the roles of Josette and Victoria. She looked the part for sure.
Other cast include: Ray Shirley as Mrs. Johnson, Christopher Lee as Clarny, Ivan Kaye as Joshua Collins Susanna Cappellaro as Naomi Collins and an appearance by Alice Cooper!
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Dark Shadows” three tubs of popcorn out of five. The film isn’t horrible which is the good news but with such a rich history behind the original “Dark Shadows” there are those that will not understand the references or appreciate the age in which the story is set.
Trying to keep the attention of the audience with its two hour running time was also problematic. There are so many stories here to tell about each of the characters that by not telling them the characters got lost in the shuffle. There wasn’t any outstanding performance here either.
That being said there are some good laughs here and fun moments.
In the end – every family has its demons.