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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Dark Shadows (2012) Movie Review

Before it was taken down from cinemas, I managed to catch the movie Dark Shadows thanks to Warner Bros. pictures.

This is another Tim Burton creation starring Johnny Depp as the main actor. In the 1760s, Joshua and Naomi Collins sailed from Liverpool to North America and set up a fishing port where it was named Collinsport after them. Barnabas Collins is the son of the two and they were a very wealthy family but he rejected the advances of Angelique Bouchard who then was their servant who's also a witch. After the heartbreak occasion, Angelique killed Barnabas' parents and cast a spell on his lover, Josette which causes her to jump off a cliff to kill herself. Barnabas, unable to cope with the misery, jumps after Josette to kill himself too but Angelique turns him into a vampire before he hits the bottom turning him immortal. Later on, Angelique got the townspeople to entrap Barnabas since he's now a vampire and bury him alive in a coffin that was chained so he won't escape.



Come 1972, a girl who resembles Josette name Maggie Evans who changes her name to Vicky to forget her past responds to a want ad to be the governess at the Collins' mansion. Over at Collins' household lives a family of 5 including Dr. Julia Hoffman who's the psychiatrist for the son of the Collins' household. Unlike the rich family the Collins were known as, they're now not as well to do but still lives in the big mansion. Angelique on the other hand, has changed through many persona to maintain as the fishing tycoon throughout the years so that she will remain undetected as a supernatural being from the local folks.



Meanwhile, a group of construction workers stumbled upon Barnabas' coffin that he's entrapped in and unwittingly released him when they cut the chains around the coffin. Barnabas, now free, returns back to the mansion he belongs but find many things rather odd since many things had changed ever since he was locked away. He convinces Elizabeth the mother of the household that he's really Barnabas Collins and a vampire by unveiling the many secret passages throughout the entire place to reveal hidden treasures where he agrees to Elizabeth's terms of keeping that a secret. With the discovered wealth that the family possess, Barnabas intends to rebuild the Collins fishing empire in rivalry with Angelique's established business.

This is a comedy that warrants a few laughs. Tim Burton's creation though are usually bleak and dark but somehow, this movie has mellowed down on his usual style of creation. Nevertheless, his elements still can be seen in the movie and it was definitely a noteworthy watch to me. I rate this movie 3.5 stars out of 5.

10 comments:

Calista Leah Liew said...

I liked this movie too.. I do like Tim Burton, and anything with Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham-Carter in it is a sure-win for me! =)

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

Tim Burton recently collaborated with Johnny Depp so many times that it's as if they're one person. LOL.

Kingyo Shan said...

Why was this movie taken down from cinemas?

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

Erm, a movie can't be at the theaters forever right? They gotta make way for new movies. :)

Kingyo Shan said...

OH, so what you meant was it reached the end of its screen time. Haha, okay. Because when you said "take down", I got the impression that the government removed it like they did to Namewee's Nasi Lemak 2.0 which stunned me because Dark Shadows doesn't seem "controversial".

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

LOL. Not many movies get taken down that way.

Kingyo Shan said...

No, they don't. But our censorship is very strict, that's for sure. I heard from someone that even Snow White & The Huntsman has some censoring in it. Is it true?

Danny Foo said...

Friend of mine said this movie somewhat fell below the line of Tim's older movies. Hmm...

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

I'm not surprise if they did censor it. I'm not sure though, since I did not watch Snow White and the Huntsman.

I agree Malaysian censorship board is quite strict. But throughout the years, at least they had adjusted to a better level. Last time, they don't even allow kisses and some swear words which were not allowed last time are now uncensored.

Kelvin 'finalkt3' Tan said...

@Danny,

I agree, this Tim Burton movie is not as great as any of his previous creation but still it's a good movie to watch.