Dark Shadows review
Barnabas (Johnny Depp) is accidentally freed after being cursed/trapped for 200 years by Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). He meets the Collins consisting of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfieffer), the family matriarch; her brother Roger (Jonny Lee Miller); her 15-year-old daughter Carolyn (ChloŽ Grace Moretz); Roger's 10-year-old son David (Gulliver McGrath); Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), David's psychiatrist; Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley) and Victoria Winters (Heathcote). Plot was everywhere and dialogue was mostly uninteresting. This reviewer was really looking forward to the talents of Pfiffer and Carter being included in a picture produced/acted by Depp and directed by Burton. Humor was flat and direction was not clear-cut despite the fantastic characters they played. Effects and premise reminded this critic a cross between Twilight and effects of Harry Potter. Soundtrack was elegant and apt because of the 70's while the performances good. If only the screenplay were better and a meatier role waas given to Helena Bonham Carter. The team-up of the lead figure and director is running short because of the efforts displayed in Dark Shadows. Nothing beats Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood.