PG) Dark Shadows
Warner Bros Pictures.
Running Time: 113 Minutes.
2 stars out of 4.
Dark Shadows marks the eighth paring of Johnny Depp with friend and director Tim Burton. They have made such classics as, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, and Beetlejuice...to name a few.
The film follows Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) who's family founded Colinsport town and fishery. He has become a vampire and is then buried alive because of a witch Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) who dislikes him, because he "does not love her." Collins awakens in the year 1972 after nearly two centuries in a casket(he was alive). He returns to Colinsport and finds his cousin Elizabeth Collins(Michelle Pfeiffer) who takes him in. Barnabas lives with them and adapts to life in 1972, he falls in love with the Collins family coworker Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote). The witch Angelique is still alive and runs a company that rivals the Collins families. Angelique tries to get Barnabas to fall for her, with blackmail.
The movie takes a while to get going, but decreases in quality over time. The acting by Depp, is superb, and after a while you forget that it is Johnny Depp as he is so immersed in the role. Burton's partner, Helena Bonahm Carter is also in this film as the drunk physiciatrist who finds Barnabas "facinating." The film also stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Elizabeth's daughter, and a cameo by Alice Cooper.
While many have said that the visual style of Tim Burton is evident at the end of the film, I wish it had been better executed.