Movie review – Burton-esque supernatural piece of grudge match

2012-05-12 13:40

Film: Dark Shadows (Nu Metro)
Director: Tim Burton
Featuring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green and Bella Heathcote
Rating: 7/10

I am a Tim Burton devotee. That is the disclaimer on this review. I love his craziness.

His films always seem to be so much a part of him that you can picture his dishevelled self in every frame.

This time he and his constant cinematic companions – Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter – turn their attention to Dan Curtis’ 1966 creation, Dark Shadows.

The original TV series ran for about four years and was revived in the early 1990s with limited success.

There were 1 225 episodes of the original series, which had lovesick teens glued long before Edward’s creator was conceived.

Dark Shadows is the story of Barnabas Collins (Depp), a well-to-do young man from a family of entrepreneurial philanthropists that comes to America and founds a town – Collinsport.

All is well with the world until young Barnabas has a dalliance with the help’s daughter, Angelique (Eva Green), but jilts her in favour of another woman. What he doesn’t bank on is that she is a witch.

Before long everyone Barnabas loves is dead and he has been transformed into a hideous vampire whom Angelique locks in a coffin for two centuries.

While his descendents are getting on with going to wrack and ruin, Barnabas escapes his tomb and comes back to save the Collins family from obscurity and penury.

His return coincides with the arrival in the town of Victoria (Bella Heathcote), a ringer for his long lost love whom Angelique pushed over a cliff.

Angelique’s obsession with Barnabas, meanwhile, hasn’t dimmed with the centuries and so the stage is set for a supernatural throwdown between them.

Part Beetlejuice, part Death Becomes Her, with a smidgeon of The Addams Family and a touch of The Corpse Bride, this is a ridiculous film that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Burton fans get your tickets now.

As for the rest, expect a visually unique mishmash of nonsense that makes for a fun if macabre night out.

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