Movies in Review: “Dark Shadows”

Love, Love, Love Johnny Depp to pieces. If his name is listed in the cast, I am there, no matter how unappetizing the trailer looks. Again Depp is playing another quirky character that has you wondering what he’s all about. He plays these characters so well, and I found myself looking forward to seeing this movie for this reason alone. Not to mention Michelle Pfeiffer was his co-star, and was looking better than ever in the trailer.

Well the movie whose trailer let little to be desired was exactly that. Tim Burton did a nice job visually, but the story had no substance. I was honestly asking myself why the money was waisted for this release. As far as Depp, I was not disappointed. I guess he did the best he could with what was given. Barnabas Collins was actually a fun character, but he wasn’t as interesting as an Edward Scissorhands (and I think that I may have been look for that). Although I liked Depp, I disliked Pfeiffer. As good as she looked she was stiff as a board and every line she spoke seemed scripted. She looked uncomfortable and out-of-place in a few scenes. Helena Bonham Carter was great as always, but I think it would have helped if she received more screen time, and Pfeiffer less. I thought Chloë Grace Moretz’s character was over the top, but her hair was absolutely gorgeous.

All in all this movie was a major disappointment. It was weird, and had a number of scenes that left you hanging and wondering the purpose. If you’re a Depp fan I still wouldn’t recommend you waste your money to see this one…D


About tajgreenemoviesinreview

I am creative by nature, and analytical by design. My escape from the riff raff of everyday life is a great movie. I do not title myself as a movie critic. I am a part of the viewing audience simple and plain. I started this blog to give a real life review of films, as an avid movie goer. Movies are expensive, and not always worth the money. I hope my reviews help you in your descision.
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4 Responses to Movies in Review: “Dark Shadows”

  1. yaykisspurr says:

    I agree. I was totally reeling from this movie. As always Johnny Depp was a professional but he didn’t elevate the material or even make it palatable. I kept gasping why? why? Why would any studio release this garbage and harm so many reputations!? I mean all night I kept going on about how horrible this movie was. It made the next movie I saw, The Lucky One, seem like a shining light in a dim, dim world (saw it the same day). Cheers 🙂

  2. THANK YOU! Visual but without substance! I didn’t have high expectations for this movie and still was disappointed. yuck

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