Dark Shadows (2012)

Director: Tim Burton

Writer: Seth Grahame-Smith

(Story by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith)

(Based on a television series by Dan Curtis)

Not as dismal as I had anticipated but still a miss.  The movie looks great and all the performers are game, I especially enjoyed Eva Green, but the story never really comes together and none of the characters are especially compelling.  By the end it seems like the love story is supposed to be the driving force of the narrative but through out the film the two characters barely have any interaction or chemistry together, like the ending was totally an after thought.  I liked scenes and things about it but it just kind of wanders along with no real point and the tone never really settles.  Is it camp?  Comedy?  Horror?  I don’t mind mixing styles at all but this seems like a case of people not really knowing what exactly they were going for until the editing room.  Or maybe the studio got antsy about the tone after shooting and messed with it.  I don’t know.  Something good and fun could have come out of this but not this take.

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About Jon Watches Movies

Watching a movie a day since January 1, 2011.
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