Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dark Shadows Review

                Before I go a little dark (start my new job Monday and have to get back into the swing of things) I have another review for you.  This time it’s a movie, Dark Shadows¸ to be precise.  Now I will admit I have heard of the old TV show but as I was not born I didn’t watch it.  So I am unable to compare the two as I’m sure some of the fans might. 

                First let me say that Johnny Depp and Tim Burton make some seriously strange movies together.  I mean strange in a good way.  They are unique and different and you do remember them.  Simply put I give this movie a solid 4 Stars because it was entertaining.  It had some laughs (as witnessed in the trailer), some serious moments, and even some life lessons if you listen.

                This is the story of Barnabas Collins.  He has the bad luck of upsetting a witch, hell hath no furry like a woman scorned well even more so when she’s a witch.  So Angelique, played by Eva Green, is the evil vengeful witch and she curses Barnabas making him a vampire.  This is old school vampire too, pale with no reflection, catches fire in the sun and so on.  Well Barnabas is locked away for 200 years and when he emerges he comes to his family home once again.  He finds his ‘distant’ relatives and others living there and he wants to revive the family home and business but Angelique has other plans.

                Still after all these years Angelique is here being everything to the town that the Collins used to be keeping the curse on the Collins family.  Alone with his family there is also a doppelganger of the only woman he ever loved there playing Governess to the youngest Collin. 

                The movie is basically centered around Barnabas trying to find happiness in family and even love again while trying to keep the witch from causing further harm.  It was fun.  I don’t know if I’d be ready to watch it again in the next week or so but it was cute.  I will say that at parts of the movie it is hard to hear what is being said as the background music (all be it fun and in era) is too loud and drowns out words.  I enjoyed it.  The cast was great each played their parts, Johnny Depp was amazing some of his lines I give him props because I would not have been able to not bust up laughing saying them, then again that’s why I’m not an actress.  Still he did a good job in my opinion of giving Barnabas Collins depth.  Also special note of Eva Green who played the vengeful and obsessive with great flare, she was enchanting.  As mentioned some fun laughs and as for life lessons…well it’s all about family and fighting on through the hardships. 

                So there you have it.  If you like a bit of strangeness then go out and see Dark Shadows.  As always let me know what you think below.

Rating:  4 Stars 



  1. You'll forgive me for not reading all of this review because I haven't seen the movie yet. I just had to comment, though, because it looks awesome. Then again, I love the combo of Burton and Depp. Can't wait to see it!

    I'm THIS close to creating a character in a novel JUST so Johnny Depp can play him in the movie. (not that it would ever happen, but I can dream.)

    1. Haha well I do try not to put in spoilers but maybe you can go back once you've seen it. Hey go ahead and try who knows it could be a cameo.

    2. I, too, had a hard time hearing what was being said, especially at the beginning when the family was at the table. I thought maybe it was the theater sound system acting up. Don't understand why the movie makers made it like that!