Escape to the Movies: Dark Shadows

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Dark Shadows

MovieBob turns his campy gaze upon Tim Burton's latest project Dark Shadows.

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My dad told me the old TV show used to scare the crap out of him, so he's going to watch this new movie just out of spite to his inner child.

I'll probably pass on this one, but that's because movies are expensive and now that I've tackled The Avengers, I still have Brave and Ted to go after this summer.

I would love it if WB decided to sort of start over with some of their superhero projects and build up to a Justice League movie.

Dunno why, but I'd really wanna see Zatanna thrown into the mix. Even if she's just like Black Widow where she doesn't get her own solo movie (and I think even has to share it) with another character after the big compilation film has come out.

I'm hoping fans of the original Dark Shadows won't feel too beshade by this re-imagining.
Cuz it looks like a lot of fun!

I'll admit I wouldn't have minded a few swings at the Depp/Burton low hanging fruit, but I can't complain about a constructive and even-handed review. :)

Looks a bit pointless, although fun.
I may check it out as a DVD...

I didn't know about the tv show, still not the least interested in it.

Casper had a horse....
Interesting.

Eh... you kind of had the feeling that it would be interesting, so at least it could be that...

Good episode. I hoped the movie would be great, was afraid it sucked, and I'm fairly content to know that it is at least a little entertaining. I will probably wait to watch it on my TV.

This is the first Burton movie since Nightmare Before Christmas that has even vaguely interested me. Maybe he finally has recovered from his "I'm going to be weird for the sake of being weird and not for any compelling reason" stage.

Glad to hear that it's at least tolerable. Seeing "The Avengers" kind of got me back in the habit of wanting to see movies in the theater, rather than waiting to watch them on Blu-Ray.

I'm quite glad you reviewed this, Bob. Always interesting to hear your opinions on slightly weirder films. Much more so, than most film critics.

Personally, I've always loved Burton's style, even if it can get a bit messy in the structure department... so I suppose this film is more or less right up my alley in that regard. Glad that is the case.

quite frankly it just looks like Burton has been coasting on his name-brand for awhile now and has gotten lazy from a director's standpoint. That and I wish he'd STOP using Depp and Carter ins EVERY. SINGLE. FUCKING. MOVIE of his.

P.S. I don't think anyone at Warner Bros. really gives a damn about making a Justice League movie. I also don't think movie goers are clamoring for it either. Probably for the best.

Surprisingly positive review here, Bob. Good to hear that while it may not be a great film, it's still decent and entertaining as, honestly, that's how I feel about most of Burton's films. He's got a lot of good films, but I don't think he really has many "great" ones. Dunno if I'll go out to the theaters to see it, as I didn't even go to watch The Avengers, but I'll certainly pay attention to it once it hits home video.

Would explain the timing of Dan O' Brien's newest column.

Casper having a horse is not surprising to me. Superman has a horse, so did Batman.

Still, I'll give the movie a pass.

Hmmm, well to me I kind of lost interest with it being a parody. I watched a lot of Dark Shadows on old VHS tapes which I rented from Blockbuster. While a slow burn, it was a decent show. I've been of the opinion they should try and re-launch it, or something similar again.

To be honest Dark Shadows was zany enough in trying to take itself seriously where I think the idea of playing it for laughs (Which is obvious from the trailers, and just how Johnny Depp looks playing Barnabas) kind of wrecks what was there.

I'll also say that if they are going to re-make something, they need to try and capture the spirit of the original. The problem with this movie (aside from being a parody) and the last attemt to re-launch the show was quite simply that they jumped right into things far too quickly. Part of what sold Barnabas as a character was the gradual built up, with him being a lurking, creepy prescence who did most of his stuff behind the scenes, to the eventual transition. The fact that he wasn't really a good guy (until maybe the end) and was arguably the villain for quite a while is what sold things, and the bit with the Witch didn't come out for quite a while.

I'm not exactly a fanboy, since I'm not that invested in this property, but all I can say in regards to this one is that I have no idea what the people who greenlit it were thinking. I can't see many fans of the original getting into it in this form, and if your not a fan of the original then why the heck bother with the whole "Dark Shadows" name?

Oddly Johnny Depp seeming more "with it" than normal is funny, as the guy who played Barnabas was drunk (and obviously so) during a lot of the TV series. :)

Damn and here I was hoping for a review to God Bless America.

I'm watching it because I'm thrilled to see Burton finally working with Michelle Pfeiffer again.

I still think Batman Returns remains his most subversive and thematically interesting film.

Might go see cos Eva Green is my future wife (SHUT UP SHE IS)

No interest in seeing this because I feel like I already have. I used to enjoy Burton's movies but it feels like he's been making the exact same damn film over and over and over again for a very long time.

So basically what i've heard everywhere else, Not awesome but enjoyable. hmmm... i may just go see avengers again...

So Burton did good? Feels nice to be able to atleast be glad of a new Burton/Depp movie again, if not hyped. I remember he was my idol during highschool and it's been sad tonsee his downfall. It'd be so great if he finaly "got" why he worked and started to do that again... Still can't believe a Tim Burton: Alice sucked, that used to be my wet fantasy back in the day

Casper has a horse? Are you fuckin' kidding me?

Funny how people still keep going on with the whole "oh, Burton's career is in the dumps!" shtick. The past decade has seen him have some of his biggest box office successes, better reviewed and mostly successful and bizarre films in his career. While I personally would love something akin to Ed Wood again, to discount his fantastic work in stuff like Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride and Big Fish is just ridiculous.

I'm actually interested enough to check out the original TV series, as well as this movie.

What's all this about Burton's career in a downward spiral? He made "Big Fish" in 2003, "Corpse Bride" in 2005, and "Sweeney Todd" in 2007. Three great films, one every two years, with a few average (but by no means bad) films in between... People, lower your standards!

EDIT: @SpiderJerusalem. Great minds think alike I guess ...

Good to hear that my hopes for this film were spot on. Your summary is exactly what I expected. I hope that I'll be able to see this, but won't be heart-broken if I can't. :)

Eva Green....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...so hawt

As for the message at the end about the Justice League...I REALLY doubt WB could ever come close to the awesomeness of The Avengers...especially after seeing what they did with Green Lantern...

After the success of The Avengers, they will definitely be trying to push out a JLA movie...at some point...

Not interested in this film at all. What ever happened to Burton? I seem to remember a time when he had some thoughts of originality in him. Perhaps I will become a great director myself and create an Ed Wood style film following the rise and decline of Burton's creativity.

Anyway, Eva Green looks even hotter with blonde hair. I didn't even recognise her.

Did you know that I didn't want to know that Casper the Friendly Ghost had a horse? You do now.

Also I've never heard of Dark Shadows before today, neither this movie or it's source material.

SpiderJerusalem:
Funny how people still keep going on with the whole "oh, Burton's career is in the dumps!" shtick. The past decade has seen him have some of his biggest box office successes, better reviewed and mostly successful and bizarre films in his career. While I personally would love something akin to Ed Wood again, to discount his fantastic work in stuff like Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride and Big Fish is just ridiculous.

I will gladly discount any movie he's ever done in favor of Big Fish as being his best work, and my favorite movie by him. Burton is too enamored in german expressionist style that he often forgets any substance, Big Fish is not that.

Other than that the dude really hasn't grabbed me in any particular fashion. I detest his Batman films, and loath his other notable work for the same reasons I said above.

Li Mu:
Not interested in this film at all. What ever happened to Burton? I seem to remember a time when he had some thoughts of originality in him. Perhaps I will become a great director myself and create an Ed Wood style film following the rise and decline of Burton's creativity.

Anyway, Eva Green looks even hotter with blonde hair. I didn't even recognise her.

He never was original in any of his ideas. Most of his weird shit is from the 20's.

Do we get to see Eva Green naked? That's always fun (see "The Dreamers"). I guess not.

Seriously though, I quite like Burton films, and I was hoping this would be good. Though I'm not majorly excited...may just wait until the DVD release.

SpiderJerusalem:
Funny how people still keep going on with the whole "oh, Burton's career is in the dumps!" shtick. The past decade has seen him have some of his biggest box office successes, better reviewed and mostly successful and bizarre films in his career. While I personally would love something akin to Ed Wood again, to discount his fantastic work in stuff like Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride and Big Fish is just ridiculous.

Thank you for stating this.

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Ok, so watch the show again and miss the movie, got it. But how you go through the whole review without mentioning the Adam's Family, huh Bob?

This was a.. interesting review. Not sure if I should see it being told it's not a great movie at all but still 'enjoyable'. When I hear this, I tend to weigh the two statements and see if the movie is worth the risk. As long as it's enjoyable and entertaining then it is a good movie. But if it's not good at all meaning you won't get anything out of it- then the movie has failed. So that is why I am very unsure what to take from this interview, other then a 50/50 chance I will like it or not.

I haven't enjoyed a Tim Burton movie since Sleepy Hollow... And oddly it's the same regarding Johnny Depp (Rango was pretty okay though).

Maybe it's because I've gotten older, but I just don't buy into his quirky gothic shtick anymore. Now Burton just seem to be going through the motions without any attempt at showing some new and interesting visuals, which is what was always a big selling point for his movies.

Blond Eva Green looks like fucking stone cold fox however.

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