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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows Forever!
I must admit, if you are not familiar with Dark Shadows you may not enjoy this movie as much. Tim Burton has provided us with his interpretation and adaptation of a cult classic gothic soap from the 1960's. I really enjoyed this film as it had all the Tim Burton elements that make it uniquely Tim Burton. Depp portrayed Barnabas exquisitely and paid due homage to the late...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scary??? Comedy???
I did not like very much about this movie. The writing was trite. The only thing I liked about the movie were the cast members.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Shadows Forever!, Aug. 31 2012
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I must admit, if you are not familiar with Dark Shadows you may not enjoy this movie as much. Tim Burton has provided us with his interpretation and adaptation of a cult classic gothic soap from the 1960's. I really enjoyed this film as it had all the Tim Burton elements that make it uniquely Tim Burton. Depp portrayed Barnabas exquisitely and paid due homage to the late Jonathan Frid (who has a cameo in the film!) I would not be so harsh and forgo the film but watch it for yourself and pass your own judgement. You may want to get some background knowledge of the original series from the 1960's and the revival from 1991 to better help you understand this creative world of Dark Shadows!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scary??? Comedy???, Jan. 20 2014
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I did not like very much about this movie. The writing was trite. The only thing I liked about the movie were the cast members.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent talent by Depp and strong characters played by the ..., Aug. 2 2014
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Excellent talent by Depp and strong characters played by the rest of the cast. Very well plotted out and has you truly rooting for the family to stay together to work things out. Very surreal version/vision of the old series from television but keeps you entertained and laughing at the many off color gags.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 12 2014
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Best Tim Burton movie in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all the actors were great, fantastic story and music, July 6 2014
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Well, what can anyone say about this d.v.d. all the actors were great, fantastic story and music, and who better to play the lead but Johnny Depp. Fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what we needed - humorous vampires!, June 6 2014
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This is a classic vampire/revenge film, but is a sort of spoof at the same time. You'll never know if you should take anything seriously or not! Johnny Depp returns after 200 years in the grave, and is amazed by the modern world he finds. His performance (and language) is comedy perfection! And Chloe Grace Moretz has a small part as the troubled teen, but ends up being a werewolf! "Woof" she says!! There are also some very sad moments in the film, I think there is something here for everyone. Don't miss this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Name of Iran, May 2 2014
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Peyman ADLDOUSTI (Persian Gulf) - See all my reviews
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Love a person who will love you back, and do not waste your time with a person won't love you back.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy at its finest!, April 20 2014
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If you like the 70's music and culture, Dark Shadows is the perfect combination of both. Depp is on top of his game and Bonham Carter is rockin as a alcoholic psychologist.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dank shadows, Feb. 23 2014
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Tim Burton is a very hit-or-miss director -- when he's good, he's very very good. And when he's bad... "Planet of the Apes."

And for many years, he and favorite star Johnny Depp wanted to make an adaptation of the classic supernatural soap "Dark Shadows." Except, you know, getting virtually every aspect of the story wrong -- instead of a tale of vampiric tragedy and suspense, we get an awful sitcom that tries to get all its humor from Barnabas Collins being a "man out of time."

About two hundred years ago, the witch Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) took revenge on her former lover Barnabas Collins (Depp) after he jilted her. She killed his family, made his fiancee commit suicide, turned him into a vampire, and got him buried for two hundred years.

When Barnabas is accidentally dug up, it's the 1970s. After snacking on some road workers, he heads straight back to the old family manor. The Collins family -- led by the dour matriarch Elizabeth (Michelle Pfeiffer) -- has seen its fortunes decline over the centuries, and Barnabas is determined to restore them. He also immediately falls for Victoria (Bella Heathcote), who is an exact doppelganger for his dead fiancee.

However, it turns out that Angelique is still kicking around because... well, she's a witch, so apparently that makes her immortal. She's still carrying a torch for Barnabas. And she's been responsible for the family "curse." And, well, she's opened a rival fish cannery that is threatening the old family biz. When Barnabas turns her down again, she's out for revenge...

If you've seen even some of Tim Burton's other movies, then you know pretty much what to expect from "Dark Shadows." Burton is just regurgitating the same things he always does -- it stars Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter, there's pancake makeup with sunken raccoon eyes, a Skellington scarecrow, gothic houses with lots of sharp angles, wild hair, etc.

Burton's style is not the problem, though... but the fact that he turned a story of tragedy and revenge into a COMEDY is. And even as a comedy, it fails.

Instead we get endless gags relying on Barnabas' culture shock (oh ha ha, he's confused by the TV), and how he's so obviously a vampire but the Collins clan never notices. And once the backstory is out of the way, Burton seems to lose interest in the plot -- he simply flings around a dozen random plot threads, culminating in a confusing deus-ex-machina climax with random ghosts and werewolves popping up to fight Angelique.

There's also an ugly misogynistic tone to the movie -- every woman is either a vengeful scorned harpy who can't move on, a vain age-obsessed skank or a blank-faced nonentity like Victoria.

Johnny Depp is admittedly doing what he can here, but the character of Barnabas is just embarrassing -- he comes across as a blithering idiot and a huge cad. Depp is charming, but not charming enough. Heathcote has the charisma and acting ability of a log, and most of the other actors are wasted (Pfeiffer, Green, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller).

It boggles the imagination that "Dark Shadows" was made by actual fans of the original TV show, because frankly it's hard to imagine a worse adaptation being made by people who hated it. There may be shadows, but they're not dark. They're just beige.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Halarious, Jan. 20 2014
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This is a watch over and over movie. Johnny Depp is halarious and i would recommend this to anyone and everyone.
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