Directed by: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Bella Heathcote
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 3.5/5
An 18th century vampire, a red blooded witch, and a liberated single mum walk into a bar& It\’s not the beginning of a joke, but rather the plot of Tim Burton\’s latest offering, Dark Shadows.
The latest love child of Depp and Burton (and yes, there\’s been a few) is based on the long running television series of the same name. Dark Shadows steps up the kitsch and the melodrama, and adds a darker twist on this fish out of water comedy.
Barnabas Collins (Depp) is the heir to the family fortune forged from his parents’ fishing enterprises in the new world. The privileged playboy breaks the heart of the wrong witch in servant Angelique (Eva Green) who uses black magic to turn Barnabas into a vampire, and then sends the townsfolk in with shovels and a steel coffin.
Two centuries later Barnabas is accidentally released from his makeshift prison. It\’s 1972 and more then just the obvious has changed. The Collins Empire is now in shambles, headed by struggling Matriarch Elizabeth (Pfeiffer) and rounded out with her angry, oversexed teenage daughter (Mortez), a little boy who sees dead people (Gulliver McGrath) and an alcoholic psychiatrist (Bonham Carter). Barnabas takes it upon himself to assist the motley crew in restoring the Collins name to its former duty.
His attempts are thwarted by old adversary Angelique, who is now also his biggest commercial rival. Green is eye catching as the ball busting seductress, who will stop at nothing to either have Barnabas, or have him destroyed. Yet even with such a stellar cast, this movie is all about Depp, and he is in fine form as the Byronic night-walker thrust into a new world.
Quirky characters, a lot of laughs, and an infectious soundtrack all wrapped up in a Burton-esque package.
Dark Shadows is in cinemas now.
Category: Film & TV