8:00 PM, 26th July, 2012
Here we go again - Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. This time Depp plays Willy Wonka The Mad Hatter Barnabus Collins, a dolled up, campy vampire. Same, same but different.
Barnabus has been imprisoned in a buried coffin for hundreds of years. Once set free he returns to his ancestral home to discover it looking far from its best and occupied by his descendants - family matriarch Elizabeth (Pfeiffer) and her daughter Carolyn (Chloë Grace Moretz), along with Elizabeth’s brother Roger (Jonny Lee Miller) and his troubled son David (Australian Gulliver McGrath). This family is so dysfunctional they have a live-in psychiatrist Dr Julia Hoffman (Bonham Carter).
The family has fallen on hard times, due in most part to Barnabus’s nemesis, the witch Angelique Bouchard (Green), a jilted lover who cursed him all those years ago and is still alive and well. Now it’s time to settle some scores.
Dark Shadows is based on a 60s soap opera of the same name. Never heard of it? Neither had I. It seems that Burton may have tried too hard to incorporate some storylines from the TV series as there are a few points in the movie that make you think “well that was a bit random”. The film is still entertaining, and if you love Tim Burton then it won’t disappoint. Come and enjoy it for what it is - a campy comedy.