Dark Shadows. The gothic-horror soap opera during the late '60s made into a movie by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp.
This film version of Dark Shadows is creepy and funny at the same time. A really great combination in my opinion. Well, what can we expect from the awesome Burton-Depp tandem?
Far from his well-known pirate role, Johnny Depp conquers the vampire world by playing Barnabas Collins. But rest assured he is not the vampire version that sparkles under the sunlight.
The best thing about this movie is the individuality of the characters that was made clear as soon as they were introduced. Although just a small number, the dysfunctional Collins family looked good together. Not to mention the hilarious cameo appearances of the grandmother in some scenes.
This is not just a typical supernatural movie focused on an almost never-ending battle of a hot vampire versus a hot witch, it tackles issues about family ties and business competition. Blackmailing and possessiveness are also attitudes shown in the movie, mainly from the alluring Angelique Bouchard played by Eva Green.
It's hilarious how they depicted McDonald's golden arches as a symbol for Mephistopheles, as well as the special participation of Alice Cooper. Funny how the fast-paced love scene of witch and vampire would remind people of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen destroying everything that got in the way. On the other hand, there were ridiculous parts in the movie where Johnny Depp's cheekbone makeup was overly done especially in the part when Barnabas and Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote, were walking on a rocky shore.
Aside from the regular "weird-emo" feel to the characters of Tim Burton, another familiar thing from a previous Burton movie, Sweeney Todd, once again had its exposure on the big screen -- bright red blood! Of course, a vampire movie would not be complete without it.
In general, the story itself is fun to watch: the backstory, twists, and amazing turn of events. Dark Shadows has a brilliant cast portraying interesting characters, plus Johnny Depp's superb acting, plus Tim Burton's artistic talent and direction. What more could a fan ask for?