20 October 2014

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows 2012
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Based on book: No
  • Cast: Johnny Depp,  Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham-Carter, Eva Green,  Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathecote, Chloe Grace Moretz
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist, Rango, Dark Shadows
    • Michelle Pfeiffer – Stardust, White Oleander, I Am Sam, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Thousand Acres, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Dangerous Minds, Wolf, Age of Innocence, Love Fields, Frankie and Johnny, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Dangerous Liaisons, Married to the Mafia, The Witches of Eastwick
    • Helena Bonham-Carter – Les Misérables, Great Expectations, Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter, Toast, The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Absolutely Fabulous, Enid, Terminator Salvation, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, Conversations with Other Women, Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Fight Club, Keep the Aspidistras Flying, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein, Howards End, Hamlet, A Room with a View
    • Eva Green – Kingdom of Heaven
    • Jackie Earle Haley – Shutter Island
    • Chloe Grace Moretz – Hugo
  • Why? JD. 43nd in JD marathon
  • Seen:  October17, 2014
Vampires can be cool.  In the hands of Tim Burton and JD it’s guaranteed to be a weird film, but the cool index is high.
But vampires in Maine?  That’s weird in itself but that’s only the beginning.  Self-assured young Vicky arrives, in the 1970’s, to a big old spooky Gothic mansion with a totally dysfunctional family including suave Michelle Pfeiffer and red-haired Helena Bonham-Carter. Vicky is to be the governess.
Vampire JD, introduced in the film’s beginning, arises from the dead to be confronted by the bizarre 20th century.
It’s funny and imaginative and a real twist on the vampires-and-witches-in-modern-times story.  It’s silly too but that’s only to be expected, given the perimeters and the people involved.
The music and stoned hippies are fun but all the killing isn’t and the film sags a bit towards the end. The vampy witch is annoying and the melancholy that Burton and Depp so successfully achieved in Edward Scissorhands and Sweeny Todd is sadly at a minimum here.

2 ½ * of 5. 

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