Title: Dark Shadows
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Notable Cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green
In the year 1750, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from England to start a new life in America, where they build a fishing empire in the coastal Maine town that comes to carry their name: Collinsport. Two decades pass and Barnabas has the world at his feet. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy … until he makes the grave mistake of falling in love with a beauty named Josette DuPres and breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard. A witch in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death–turning him into a vampire, and then burying him … alive. Summary from Official Movie Site
When I went to see Dark Shadows, I’m not sure what I was expecting. I knew it’d be somewhat funny and probably dark. But, it’s not quite what I expected and I really disliked the ending. The ending was just too strange for my taste and one scene was so corny I actually rolled my eyes.
Other than the ending, the movie’s very funny and clever. It’s definitely not for younger viewers as it’s riddled with innuendo and it’s very dark (as a vampire movie should be). The story’s really intriguing and it makes me want to go back and watch the TV show it was based on.
I really enjoyed the actors. I thought they all did a fantastic job, especially Johnny Depp. But, honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in a role he didn’t excel in. I also loved Eva Green and Helena Bonham Carter. The only character I didn’t like, although I think the actress was just fine, was Carolyn played by Chloë Grace Moretz. I don’t think there was enough character development for her and it’s her character that made me dislike the ending as much as I did.