Warner Brothers’ new release Dark Shadows hits theaters at the end of the week. Johnny Depp, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, Cloe Moretz, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Thomas McDonell, Gulliver McGrath and Jonny Lee Miller all star. The film is of course directed by Tim Burton. While Evan Dickson never expected the movie to be great, the trailers rose his hopes to the point that he was betting it would at least be something of a fun ride. Unfortunately, he was wrong.
“The cast is fine, and Johnny Depp certainly brings his expert comic timing to the role. And of course the film looks beautiful. But it suffers from Burton’s insistence on pausing the story in order to drop his characters into fish-out-of water situations. It’s fun for a bit to watch Barnabas interact with the kitsch of the 70′s, but it eventually consumes the movie. In fact, so much of the film’s running time is spent on extraneous asides that the entire love story – intended to be the heart of the film and the impetus for Barnabas to change – occurs offscreen.”
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