Dark Shadows (2012) Review

When it comes to Johnny Depp & Tim Burton collaborations, usually I make sure to stay clear since their movies together tend to turn out not being my cup of tea.  I ended up going to this one though because a friend told me one of their friends (yeah, I know, I know) said the movie was a lot more funny than anything else.  Unfortunately, I think a majority of the “funny” was already shown in the trailer.

Yes, I know it’s been a while since this movie’s come out, and it definitely has been a while since I’ve watched it myself.  I would have posted this entry sooner, but I’ve been a little all over the place as of late.  Sorry!!  Better late than never though, right?

Oh, and before I begin, just want to give a quick shout to my boys at 3 Guys 1 Movie once again.  The 2012 Lammy Awards are coming up, and they’re put out their request for sections they’d like to be nominated for.  So if you all wouldn’t mind just taking a minute to vote, please click HERE.  (You have to click the “not safe” option in order to get it to work, but it really is safe.)  For more specific details on this, you can read about it on their blog here.

So back to what I was saying about Dark Shadows.  Apparently this is one of those movies that was inspired from a TV series (sound familiar?) again, and based on a few reviews I read on other sites, there were at least a handful of fans of that series who were rather disappointed with this movie.  As someone who’s never even heard of or watched the series this is based on I can’t comment on that aspect of it, but I found this to be a rather dull movie anyways.

The story was very two-dimensional.  I thought that this ghost of “Josette” would have more significance to the story than she did, and I also thought that the little boy (once we found out a little more about him) would play a slightly bigger role, but neither really happened.  As for the very last scene, I could’ve sworn I saw another one of Helena Bonham Carter’s characters do that same exact thing once before.  Or maybe I’m confusing it with one of Johnny Depp’s roles?  Regardless, that scene seemed really familiar, not to mention pretty corny.

I’m sure I could go on and on about this movie if I really wanted to, but I don’t.  It was a pretty strange movie, and in a way I felt like the story was all over the place—though after learning it was based on a TV series, I guess I can understand that.  I mean, it’s got to be hard to cram the gist of so many episodes in such a small block of time, right?

Here’s how I’d rate this movie:

Originality: N/A (since it’s based off a TV series that I’m not familiar with, can’t really comment)
Picture: ****
Sound: ****
Story: **
Casting: ***
Re-watch Factor: **
Overall: **


If you’re a huge Depp-Burton fan, there is a chance you may enjoy this.  As I’ve said before, I’m not, so I wasn’t very likely to enjoy this anyway.  However, I’ll just end this by saying that this movie received a 41% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Now while the Tomato Meter and I don’t usually get along, I can definitely say that we see eye-to-eye on this particular movie.

Looking forward to MIB3, which I plan to see tomorrow!  Keeping my fingers crossed that nothing unexpectedly prevents this from happening!  Haha.  Until next time, everyone!  🙂

2 responses to “Dark Shadows (2012) Review

  1. This film was a major let down for us as well. I was hoping Depp and Burton were going to recapture some of their past magic and it just did not happen.

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