Saturday, May 12, 2012

Dark Shadows

I wasn't a fan of the original series, nor did I disdain it; I simply didn't watch it. I am, though, a huge fan of both Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, so I had to check out this movie.

It's decidedly a mixed bag.  The stylized look starts out fun but ends up wearing a bit, like a friend who's told the same joke too many times.  The actors all chewed the scenery, but for the most part they did so while somehow managing to stay low-energy.  As a result, the film at times was sleepwalking when it should have been running.

The one exception was Eva Green, who as bad-gal Angelique always bristled with energy.  I had liked her in Casino Royale, and now I will be on the lookout for more performances from her.

Despite all that, I had a fun enough time simply watching Burton move the actors through the straightforward plot.

In the end, though, I can't recommend it unless you're jonesing for a Depp or Burton fix. 

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