Director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up for the eighth time to remake the gothic television soap opera airing from 1966 to 1970 titled Dark Shadows. The year is 1752 and the Collins family moves from Liverpool to New England with their son Barnabas played by Johnny Depp. When Barnabas breaks the heart of a beautiful girl played by Eva Green who is a witch she turns him into a vampire and is buried till 1972 where he is uncovered in a new century and a different world. I’m not sure how or why but everybody except me has seen at least one of the old Dark Shadows television shows. No I’m not going to use the line I didn’t see it because I’m blind since the original was done 45 years ago. I basically knew what it was about and thought this had a lot of potential as a comedy and I was wondering if director Tim burton could pull it off. The answer is not really. The jokes were kind of stale and they never received more then a couple chuckles. You would think the “Fish out of water” idea would work with Barnabas running around in a new century and it actually did in the first half. On the bright side Johnny Depp was fantastic in the lead role and in fact Jonathan Frid the original Barnabas makes a cameo. (Jonathan Frid actually died just months before the film was released) The most enjoyable part of the film was the 70’s music and not the sex, drugs and violence that seemed to be necessary. This was not a bad film but just not my type and I’m giving it a C+ rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.