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.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) Trailer

A Nightmare on Elm Street is horror thriller about the disfigured serial killer Freddy Krueger (Haley) who stalks a group of young people in their dreams, forcing them to remain awake as the only alternative to death. Starring Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, A Nightmare on Elm Street opens on April 30, 2010.

Watchmen (2009) – Movie Review

Watchmen is a superhero movie based on the comic book and directed by Zack Snyder.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Watchmen

Set in 1985, the tensions between the United States of America and Soviet Union are incredibly high with the threat of an atomic bomb from the Soviet. When Edward Blake (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), also known as The Comedian is killed, former superhero, Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) investigates the murder to uncover a plot of an intent to dispose the past and present vigilantes. Along the way, Rorschach reunites with Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman) and Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup).

When these vigilantes attempt to unmask the conspiracy, they only end up in unwanted situation. Dr. Manhattan, a superhero who works for the U.S. government, is made to believe he is the cause of cancer to his former colleagues and ex-girlfriend, which lead him into hiding out in Mars, leaving U.S.’s soil in a great danger as he’s the only one who has the power to stop a possible World War III. Rorschach is set up to look like he has killed Edgar Jacobi (Matt Frewer) or known as Moloch to the vigilantes and is put in the same jail as 50 other criminals which he is responsible for.

Nite Owl II a.k.a. Daniel and Silk Spectre II a.k.a. Laurie decide to go public and help to save people. After saving a group of people from fire, Daniel suggests to Laurie to save Rorschach from the prison.

When they realize that Adrian Veidt (Matthew Goode) is the man behind all the conspiracy, they fly to the Antarctica to arrest Adrian. However, it is too late as Adrian has already activated his time-bomb which wipe out the people in major cities of the world.

The movie is not only rich with visual graphic and sound effects, it is one of the best adapted movies based on comic book. I am also amazed at how the director managed to bring not just one character but so many characters to life.

Overall, even though the movie is dark and complicated, the script for the film is well-written and throughout the entire movie, there are numerous flashback scenes which connect the past with the future. This could as well be the best superhero flick for 2009.

My ratings: 9 out of 10.

NEW Watchmen (2009) Trailer

The second Watchmen trailer is up and it’s getting more awesome.

Watchmen (2009) Trailer

Watchmen is an adaption of the comic book series Watchmen, directed by 300 director Zack Snyder. Are we all glad 2009 will have more great films from the comic book? Watchmen will be released on March 6, 2009.