Movie Review: Dark Shadows

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.



  1. says

    I have to agree. Whenever I see Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, I expect weird and dark. I don’t expect awkward. There were some moments in this movie where I was like – this is just awkward. I was a little disappointed.

    • says

      I was a little disappointed too. My husband loved it. I don’t think he felt it was awkward at all, but I got that vibe a few times. That’s why I had such a hard time with how I felt about it when we first walked out of the theater. The more and more I let it sit, though, I realized that while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it.

  2. says

    I was disappointed when I saw the trailers. The show isn’t funny at all it’s more dark and serious. I was looking for a thriller instead of a comedy. Since the trailers turned me off I probably won’t be seeing the movie.

    • says

      I feel kind of bad because my husband really, really loved it. But, yeah, the ending was just meh for me. And, I’m not sure if you’d like it or not, lol. Redbox seems like a good plan.

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