When it comes to Tim Burton, I’ve come to have high expectations. Dark Shadows is no exception. With an exceptional cast that includes Eva Green (Camelot), Chloe Moretz (Let Me In, Kick-Ass), Michelle Pfeiffer (Stardust, Hairspray), Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter, The King’s Speech) and Jackie Earle Haley (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Shutter Island, Watchmen) Dark Shadows is a gothic horror comedy mixed with drama film that’s based on the horror soap opera of the same name.
So as many of you may have seen, Dark Shadows is another one of those films where Depp comes up with an old Hollywood stars accent and gives his wild-eyed reaction close-ups, while Burton does what he does and art directs the heck out of every frame. Pretend you’re writing a script and you have one really good joke, between the time you set it up and perform the execution, it will have filled up about a page and a half. Now picture having to do the same thing over and over until you reached at least 100 pages, since scripts are at least 100 pages long. With the exception of Sweeney Todd, it seems as though Burton is losing his touch when it comes to making films. It’s as if he’s stopped caring about having a real story with well developed characters in his films.
Remember when Tim Burton used to create these weird films but make it look fantastic and at the same time have a deeper meaning or tragedy? It works for half of this film before it becomes pointless and the whole thing starts to crumble to the floor. I won’t even get into the 2nd act, because it felt as though the writers rushed through it just to get it over with.
I think the hardest working group of people on this project was the advertising department. They had to create a trailer that needed to convince people to go and see it. It’s either that or brainwash people via commercials to get some kind of revenue at the box office. I’m sure many people are going to be heading out this weekend to watch this, if they haven’t already, only to leave shocked that it’s a pure gothic movie that feels more like a TV show than a movie. Also, did anyone else feel as though that kid who played David Collins in the movie look like a younger version of Benedict Cumberbatch? Oh my god! He was so adorable, I think it was the highlight of the movie. He’s probably the only reason I’ll be giving this movie a star or two.
If you’re still willing to go watch it, Dark Shadows is out in theaters this week.