Movie Review: Dark Shadows
As soon as the lights went up in the theater my friend turned to me and said “that was terrible.” In reality, there are many, many, many worse films than “Dark Shadows”. I should know. I own quite a few of them. “Manos: The Hands of Fate” anyone?
For what it is, the latest Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration is entertaining enough, just kind of draggy in parts. There is just enough humor of the quirky variety (again this is a Burton/Depp collaboration) to keep things moving along… There just isn’t as much in the way of comedy as the trailers would have you believe. Actually, most of the funny bits from the movie are in the trailer. This movie is, like its progenitor TV series, a soap opera that just so happens to feature spooky goings-ons and not a spoof thereof. Mismarketing at its finest.
I’d be remiss not to mention the fantastic cameos scattered throughout including an appearance by Alice Cooper, but the one I was most giddy about was Christopher Lee (playing a curmudgeonly old sea salt). Lee just so happened to play Dracula in “Dracula A.D. 1972”. Which is a coming attraction at the local cinema in Collinsport. Do you get the correlation? A vampire? Running around in the modern world (1972 as per this movie)? Well I thought it was clever…
In the end, yes, it could have been better. A lot of elements seem half-baked. Johnny Lee Miller’s character could have been cut altogether because, in the grand scheme of things, he really serves no purpose. This might’ve left a little more room in the script for the romance between Depp and his reincarnated lady love which is given short thrift and just sort of happens for no good reason. But like I said to my naysaying friend on the way out, “you’ve got to look at the positives. We got to see Eva Green walk around in slinky lingerie for most of the movie.”
Eh, I say wait for the DVD and give it a whirl. Or Blu-ray. Probably Blu-ray cause they did throw a lot of money at this and it shows in the production design. If nothing else, the movie looks good.