Friday, August 17, 2012
Directed by Tim Burton
Starring Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, Helena Bonham Carter, Bella Heathcote, Christopher Lee
Thank a higher power for this film! I've been mostly disappointed with Burton films for the last decade. They've been eye candy for sure but nowhere near the overall quality of his early work. In fact, the previous old school Burton movie was Sleepy Hollow way back in '99 but now comes Dark Shadows, a dark comedy adaptation of a 60's cult TV series. It's everything you'd expect from vintage Burton: gothic production design, delicious dark comedy with sarcastic undertones and great, great performances from the entire cast (Green steals the show with her scheeming antagonist witch). Dark Shadows is a fish out of water tale of a vampire (Depp) who is locked away in the 1770's and released 200 years later. The script is full of hilarious gags and gives everyone involved a chance to shine. I was smiling the whole rest of the day after seeing this return to form from a great director. A sincere thank you, Tim. You've still got it!
Dark Shadows at IMDb