SideReel Review - Dark Shadows (2012) - Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Michelle Pfeiffer - by Yael Tygiel

Dark Shadows (2012)

Dark Shadows, based on the late 60's afternoon soap, tells the story of wealthy Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) who is turned into a vampire by a scorned witch (Eva Green). He is then buried by the townspeople until his coffin is accidentally found in the 1970s. 

The most important thing to Barnabas is family (something his father once told him about the importance of family must've really resonated with him), so he returns to his house to find it full of his distant relatives... This is the part that bothers me the most. I hate to be nit-picky, especially since I full heartedly support Tim Burton, but there's never any explanation as to how the new Collins are related to Barnabas. And if family is so important to him, then it's kind of important. But I digress. 

Putting aside the numerous unanswered questions, the movie is cute and fun with just a hint of scary. Tim Burton injects his flair into every aspect of this film, from the beautiful Collins' home, Collinwood, to the quant fishing town of Collinsport - everything has a Burton-esque vibe. 

The casting in this movie is just brilliant,  I'm not just talking about  Tim's right-hand-man or long-time girlfriend, Helena Bonham Carter. But Michelle Pfeiffer as the strong Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Jonny Lee Miller as the slimy Roger Collins,  and Eva Green! The lovely Eva Green is perfectly cast (even with the terrible and distracting accent) as the brokenhearted beautiful, yet evil, witch Angelique Bouchard. 

If your kids don't get scared easily, and can handle a few innuendoes and minor curse words, then take them to see Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows is rated PG-13 and is now playing in theaters everywhere.

-Yael Tygiel


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