Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets.
In my opinion, it was a great day when Tim Burton and Johnny Depp met. I have loved all the collaborations they have done together. If the movie has the names of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp attached, I am there opening day. So, I was pretty excited to see Dark Shadows.
Dark Shadows is your typical Tim Burton movie. It is wacky, crazy, and weird but I still love it. Johnny Depp has also once again created a character that he will be remember for. Although, he is not the person to originate the character of Barnabas Collins, Depp has made the character his own.
I would definitely label this movie as a ‘dark comedy.’ The movie definitely had some very funny moments. Most of these come from the fact that this movie takes place during the 70’s era. Some of my favorites involved jokes about a lava lamp, a troll doll, and Alice Cooper. I also liked the songs from the 70’s that they used in the movie.
Alongside Depp, the movie had a great cast. Michelle Pfeiffer was great as the mother of the current Collins family and Eva Green was great as the villain of the movie, Angelique. She definitely had fun being bad.
I will say Tim Burton’s last couple of movies have been more family friendly but, Dark Shadows is definitely a mom and dad movie. This movie does have some sexual content and some scary moments for kids.
Although it is not Tim Burton’s best film, I really enjoyed watching Dark Shadows. If you like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s other movies together, make sure you go and see this one.