Dark Shadows

November 9, 2012 at 10:47 am | Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment
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DVD   I’m not sure I have much to say about this mess, other than, sadly, it is par for the Depp-Burton course.  Once upon a time, I was in awe of Tim Burton’s quirky-creepy vision, so beautifully on display in “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” “Ed Wood” and “Edward Scissorhands,” which remains one of my favorite films.  Then something happened in this millennium and he gave us “Planet of the Apes,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Alice in Wonderland.”  Now we can add “Dark Shadows” to that collection of odd remakes of cultish classics.  The problem is that Burton’s unique vision adds nothing to the originals, all of which had their own style already.  Likewise, Depp’s goofy take on creepy innocence  has increasingly become a parody of itself.  If they insist on remakes, we might be better served if they brought their particular flavor of film-making to something that was fairly generic the first time around; I might be up for Tim Burton’s remake of “Forrest Gump” or “Ghost.”  I’d also prefer it if the films were a little more sinister and less silly; their best film of the last decade was “Sweeney Todd,” for that reason.  So, “Dark Shadows?”  It is no better or worse than “Charlie” or “Alice,” so you decide what that means to you.

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