WRITTEN BY: MICHAEL E. ESSER
While fans of the original goth drama may not find what they’re looking for in this reboot of the ’60s soap opera, everyone else is sure to have a familiar good time.
Johnny Depp stars as Barnabas, an 18th century playboy who is turned into a vampire after he betrays a beautiful witch, played by Eva Green.
After 196 years, he’s released from his underground chains and coffin by construction workers, only to find himself smack dab in the 1970s. (Complete with a cameo by Arizona’s own Alice Cooper.)
Since his transformation and burial a lot has changed in the world. Music, television, and of course, the people living in his now rundown Collinwood Manor.
Barnabas is quickly brought back into the thick of things as his once great fishing company is being threatened by none other than the same witch who cursed him.
The quirky combination of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp has been a memorable staple for more than 20 years. From Edward’s Scissorhands to Willy Wonka, these two have created icon after icon.
What works in “Dark Shadows” is Depp. Not just as Barnabas, but as a bigger-than-the-film personality. We’re so used to him playing these crazy characters that we’ve come to love them no matter how mad they are, or how underdeveloped the rest of the story is.
The real winners of any additional praise are the costume and set designers. Not only did they make this film look great, they gave it that familiar Burton-macabre feel we’ve come to look for.
“Dark Shadows” is a not-too-scary, kind-of-funny romp. I have to give it 2.5 out of 5 Miners.
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