June 8th, 2012: Dark Shadows (2012)
There is no earthly reason that I should have wanted to see this movie. I am not a huge fan of Johnny Depp and I’ve become disengaged by a lot of Tim Burton’s recent work. Since these two are the major forces of this movie, I really shouldn’t have wanted to see it. However, I couldn’t help myself once I saw that trailer. This movie looked to be just the right amount of strange and cooky that the Addams Family movies weren’t. As it turned out, this movie did satisfy me on the strange and cooky, but left me slightly disappointed that there wasn’t more to it. At times this movie is really a lot of fun and you can get sucked into the world Burton and Depp create, but then there are the times where you’re just waiting for the next Burton trope to drop. Oh well, I liked it.
Best Part: Oh man, Eva Green totally steals the show. She is so damn sexy and deadly that you cannot help but be intrigued by her character. She’s the perfect temptress too, after all, she hasn’t aged a day in centuries. What I find most engaging about her though is the aesthetic presence of the character, as Burton and Co. douse Green in pale goop and make her presence incredibly strong.
Worst Part: The ending of this movie is a bit of a hot mess. I never watched the original television series, but I imagine that all of the sudden character twists come straight from the old show. For this movie though, they came out of left field and didn’t have much payoff. I was especially disappointed that Chloe Mortez’s transformation was so underwhelming.
Side Note: You know, there were actually a lot of good culture shock moments in this movie. Normally a movie like this leaves me unaffected by the often awful cultural references, but since this movie takes place in the 1970’s, I think that all the references are actually pretty funny, since you know, the culture is now outdated.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10. Not bad, especially for a modern Burton flick.