Movie Review: ‘Dark Shadows’

Movie Review: ‘Dark Shadows’


Dark Shadows


The Tim Burton film Dark Shadows is centered around a vampire named Barnabas Collins, played by Johnny Depp, who has just escaped from a coffin that he was trapped in for about 200 years. A curse was placed on him and his family by a witch named Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). Barnabas was released from his coffin, accidentally, by a group of construction workers. He then goes to the family manor and finds the home, and the family business, in ruins. Along with the help of his cousin, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer), and her family, he decides to rebuild the the business and the home. However, Angelique is still around and threatens everything Barnabas holds dear. 

I’ve never watched the ’70s television show on which the movie was based on, but I talked to someone who was a huge fan of the show about what they thought of the movie. He said he didn’t like it and that it didn’t live up to the TV show. 

The movie just left a bad taste in my mouth. It was boring and not very entertaining. It wasn’t funny; it wasn’t dramatic, and it wasn’t scary. Most of the plot details seem forced, which caused the movie to move even slower for me than it already did. There were many scenes that seemed out of place with the overall movie and added nothing to the plot. And the love story, among other things, was very weakly developed.

However, there were a few good parts of the movie (excluding the plot). The acting was great, as expected. Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter (Dr. Julia Hoffman), Chloe Grace Moretz (Carolyn Stoddard), and Gulliver McGrath (David Collins) all did a good job. The cinematography was also good. But even good actors and a good set can’t save this movie. It’s a typical Tim Burton movie, so maybe his true, loyal fans will love it. I, on the other hand, think that this movie should stay buried.

 -Ama Kwarteng