Tim Burton’s latest release, Dark Shadows, was a bit of a let down for me personally. I’m a huge Tim Burton fan; movies like Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and Sweeney Todd are incredible tales of misunderstood and crazy characters in terribly dark and fantastic worlds. For me, Dark Shadows seemed like Tim Burton was trying to incorporate one too many plot lines into one movie. There were a lot of unfinished story lines and seemingly random plot twists. I found the film a little hard to believe just because Johnny Depp was wearing a ridiculous amount of makeup the whole time.
I didn’t hate the film as much as it may seem like I did, but it definitely wasn’t Burton’s best work. The movie is a good time, and there are plenty of signature Burton moments, but I was expecting something a little bit more creative. I know plenty of people who loved the film, and I think I loved it for a day or two after I saw it, but when I think about it, I don’t know. I was expecting something else.
This is my deal: I think Tim Burton needs to stop trying to remake old things (Alice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows) and start writing those incredibly touching dark comedies that he made so well. Anyhow, Dark Shadows is a great summer flick, but if you’re looking for something like Edward Scissorhands or Beetlejuice, this movie is probably not worth the 15 bucks.
There are some incredible costume moments, and Helena Bonham Carter is a babe though.