Title: Dark Shadows Director: Tim Burton Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 53m
I liked the trailer for this one, a bit of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton never did anyone any harm, and it looks so very Addams Family. We were feeling a bit action weary after the Batman film, so something a bit different was in order.
1:43 - Barnabus is an excellent name. 3:10 - Ooh, that’s a pretty nasty way to go. 6:07 - He jumped! Short film! 7:06 - Ooh, his fingers look like they are turning into scissors. 13:58 - 200 rooms! That really would be a pain to dust. 24:01 - Films always get a lot better when Johnny Depp turns up. 30:41 - Hehehe, a troll is very confusing. 34:19 - Secret bunker under the fireplace. Noted. 36:36 - Ohh, they made Johnny Lee Miller minging! 43:19 - “Get over it,” she says, after burying him alive for 200 years. 45:20 - “A curse takes devotion.” 50:25 - It’s Captain Birdseye! 1:01:08 - “Every year I get half as beautiful and twice as drunk.” 1:08:21 - Supernatural love, eh? 1:14:37 - You can’t call actual Alice Cooper a woman. 1:21:11 - You can catch being a vampire from a blood transfusion! 1:23:41 - The child is holding a pink stegosaurus. 1:32:55 - “Fire… murder… angry mob! Run!” 1:35:33 - Never has “nothing to see here” been less true! 1:40:59 - There’s always a werewolf. 1:42:30 - Ghost rage! 1:45:49 - Surely the curse should be broken if the witch is gone?
It got off to a bit of a slow start, but when it got going, it was fun. It really was just like the Addams Family, only a little bit less kooky and a bit more fish-out-of-water. Towards the end, both Mr C and I thought it went very Death Becomes Her and that made us want to watch that… but I digress.
Johnny Depp was good, and there were a few one-liners in there, but I thought it was going to be more funny than it was. Entertaining but not spectacular.