DIRECTOR: Tim Burton
May Contain Spoilers!
Will we be adding this to our collection? YES
Did Dark Shadows ever actually make it over the pond to England? This 1966 supernatural soap-opera, said to be the first of its kind, remains rather unknown over here, but Tim Burton certainly isn’t.
But in recent years his reputation has taken a few knocks, and with films like Big Fish and the dismal Sleepy Hollow, both from the turn of the century, he was doing little to retain his spark. But even though people may be getting just a little sick of seeing Johnny Depp taking the lead in nearly all of Burton’s films, there’s no doubt that the pair make a brilliant duo, with Depp never truly failing to live up to his reputation.
But in all fairness, though Depp’s portrayal of Barnabas Collins was sublime, so were the performances from most of his colleagues, with the most notable exception of Bella Heathcote, who may have been playing the part with camp brilliance but I just found the ex-Neighbours actor’s character to be dull, but that was in comparison to everyone else, who were far from such.
This was only let down by the ending, which just seemed to be all over the place, coming out of nowhere to wrap everything up in spectacular style, but it did seem to be out-of-place with the rest of the drama, which was a nice homage to soap operas of the day, whilst being zested up with Burton’s distinct style.
Many critics have been a bit hard on this. It’s not perfect but it was enjoyable and engaging and though not as funny as its trailer, it still held our interest and was a good, solid work from Tim Burton, and Johnny Depp does not disappoint.
N.B. This review was originally posted May 21st 2012.