Release date: 11 May 2012
Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green
Director: Tim Burton
Duration: 113 min
Rating: stars: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and 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
Dark Shadows, Tim Burton’s take on a little-known Gothy US television serial, takes a while to find its mojo. There’s a lot of backstory involving lost loves and jumping off cliffs, and a lot of Rick Heinrichs’ production design: not since Batman has the filmmaker had so overwhelmingly cavernous a set to play on.
Matters are enlivened – inevitably, this being Burton – with the arrival of the living dead: Johnny Depp’s cold-fish vampire Barnabas Collins (above), reawakened in 1972 to be bamboozled by Karen Carpenter and lava lamps alike. Cue a silly, garbled, blast-from-the-past plot.
The twisted storytelling seems almost the point. As the frenzied couplings of Depp’s nosferatu and his white-witch lover Eva Green insinuate, close to the film’s surface pulses a vein of counter-commercial perversity. Barnabas’s return is also that of the director who once amused himself making Mars Attacks! from bubblegum trading cards.
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Review by:- Lobna Hammam