Dark Shadows (2012) – Movie Review

Dark Shadows is a comedy fantasy film based on the popular 1966–1971 gothic soap opera of the same name.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Johnny Depp in "Dark Shadows"
Johnny Depp in "Dark Shadows"

Joshua Collins (Ivan Kaye) and Naomi Collins (Susanna Cappellaro) sail from Liverpool, England to North America in 1972 to start a fishing business in Collinsport, Maine. Their son, Barnabas (Johnny Depp) is a playboy and the master of Collinwood Manor.

When Barnabas breaks the heart of a witch, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), the witch then uses witchery to kill his parents and curses his family including his lovers. Josette (Bella Heathcote) is Barnabas’ last lover and she leaps to her death from a nearby cliff. Angelique then curses Barnabas to turn into a vampire before burying him alive in a chained-coffin.

200 year later, Barnabas is freed from his coffin by a group of construction workers, who then sucks their blood and killing them. Barnabas makes his way back to Collinwood Manor only to find the mansion in total ruin. The manor is occupied by Barnabas’ dysfunctional descendants led by the Collins family matriarch, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer). Elizabeth has a rebellious daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloë Moretz) who likes to touch herself. David Collins (Gulliver McGrath) is Elizabeth’s 10-year-old nephew who claims he sees the ghost of Josette occasionally though no one believes him. That’s when Elizabeth hires Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), a psychiatrist to treat David.

Barnabas tries to rebuild the family fishing business when he learns the town is no longer under their control.

When Angelique discovers Barnabas’ escape, she plots to continue her avenging whilst tries to win him back. In the process, Angelique seduces Barnabas and they end up wrecking Angelique’s entire office in a tryst. After Barnabas tells Angelique he never loves her, Angelique once again locks up Barnabas in a coffin. She then creates a little accident in Collins factory to cause a fire which eventually burns down their fishing business.

In a fight between the witch Angelique and the Collins, we discovers Angelique has summoned a werewolf to turn Carolyn into a werewolf. But, the fight eventually ends when Josette’s ghost unleashes a powerful shriek which gives a huge blow to Angelique as she cracks like how a glass cracks.

Overall, Dark Shadows is gothic, entertaining and fun but that’s about it. Tim Burton’s idea to turn the classic soap opera into a comedy has its limit. Although the main cast excel in their acting, the storyline is somehow too weak and at times, characters like Helena Bonham Carter’s Dr. Julia Hoffman doesn’t fit into the film nor is necessary. Perhaps, this is one of the remakes that should be left in the dark shadows.

  • 6 out of 10
  • No doubt it’s fun and entertaining but even if you’re a fan of Tim Burton, you’ll still be disappointed at this flick
  • Not exactly mid-credits scene, but before the ending, Dr. Julia Hoffman is shown awaken as a vampire.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) – Movie Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the second part of the last installment of Harry Potter film series.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

The film continues from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 where Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) acquires the Elder Wand.

With Voldemort in possess of the most powerful wand, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) determine to destroy all the Horcruxes in order to kill Voldemort. They also come to learn about the importance of the three Deathly Hallows — the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility.

However, after destroying two of the Horcruxes, Harry comes to learn from Severus Snape’s memories that he is one of the Horcruxes as part of Voldemort was deflected into him when he was a baby. In order to prevent Voldemort from destroying Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and killing everyone, Harry confronts Voldemort and is killed in the process and goes to a place that resembles King Cross station except it is foggy. There, he meets Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and learns about the truth.

Through the Resurrection Stone which was casted earlier and to the surprise of everyone Harry comes back to life and attacks Voldemort in order to distract Voldemort while Ron and Hermione take on the last Horcruxes, Voldemort’s snake. But, it was Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) who manages to kill Voldemort’s snake — killing Voldemort in the process.

Fast forward to the future, it is seen that Harry and Ginger, Ron and Hermione send their children to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry’s son is Albert Severus Potter — named after two of the schools’ greatest principals.

Overall, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 puts a credible ending to one decade of Harry Potter film series. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is perhaps one of the better films in the Harry Potter film series but despite split in two parts, the film seems to be accelerating towards the end. Perhaps, it is a wait finally over for both Potter fans and non fans, not forgetting for both witches and wizards and muggles. All in all, the final installment of the Harry Potter film series has finally grown up from the naive Harry Potter from the first film. A grand finale, indeed.

  • 8 out of 10
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the ultimatum of the Harry Potter film series. It is dark, magical and surprisingly satisfying. Watch it whether you’re a fan or not, otherwise ten years in the road, you won’t know what to answer when your kid ask you about the film.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Trailer 2

Here’s a new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The film opens on July 15, 2011.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Trailer

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the seventh and final installment of Harry Potter film series. The end begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemort’s final horcruxes. Directed by David Yates, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. The film will be released in movie theaters on July 15, 2011.

The King’s Speech (2010) Trailer

The King’s Speech is a film which tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (‘Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech opens on November 26, 2010.