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Dark Shadows Review (Johnny Depp)

Dark Shadows Rating: 2.67/5

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Dark Shadows Movie Review

Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site: CNN IBN

Dark Shadows, the eighth collaboration between filmmaker Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, is part comedy and part horror. But in all honesty the film does little justice to either genre.As with most Burton productions, the costume design, the sets, and the special effects are top-class, helping create a believable alternate reality in which his stories exist. The problem sadly is that it’s style over substance in this oddball film.I’m going with two out of five for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. It all looks great…but there’s little else to it.

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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:TNN Site:Times Of India

Dark Shadows clearly works on three fronts. First, is the picturesque setting and visual effect. Presenting his drama in an out-an-out gothic backdrop, a time when witches, vampires, werewolves walked around as the living dead, Tim Burton poses a teaser: Legends are more beautiful than the truth. After having swept you off your feet in seven different movies, the Burton-Depp duo return to tell us why this celluloid rendition of Dan Curtis’ soap opera was the talk of the town in the 1960s. For now, Burton creates some marvelous set pieces where the past intervenes with the present, while Depp creates a compelling picture of comic disarray.

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shaikh Ayaz Site: Rediff

Burton creates an adventurous world of dark magic, hypnotism, vampires and werewolves. There is a Burton stamp on the gothic mansions and its inhabitants and certain scenes, like the wild lovemaking one between Barnabas and Angelique (vampire-style) or the discussion on balls (social gathering) that gets interpreted out of context.And of course, Johnny Depp who proves, by picking on such roles, that he is the most interesting and experimental actor of our times.Yet, Dark Shadows plays out real slow and after a point, it becomes tedious. In that respect, Burton’s cinema itself is becoming rather homogeneous; the same darkness, the same quirkiness.

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Daniel Pinto Site: DNA

The humour in the film, mostly based upon the contrasts mentioned above, relies heavily on Depp’s man-out-of-time act though that is not entirely unamusing. Besides this, a sense of surreal melodrama pervades among the supernatural goings on what with the beings dramatically confronting each other.If the humor and story don’t do it for you, one can’t deny that Dark Shadows is among one of the years better-looking films with lush production and costume design.Dark Shadows is a weird film but there’s rarely a dull moment in it. Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith’s writing may have been lacking in certain areas such as the ho-hum ending but the requisite wit and good acting make it a spooktacularly humourous event.

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shalini Langer Site: Indian Express

TIM Burton and Johnny Depp return with a film that’s again an eccentric mix of comedy, horror and fantasy, set against a visually arresting background. What’s lacking is the ability of the duo to go with it anywhere this time. Based on a TV series of the late 1960s, Dark Shadows seems stretched, pointless and finally confused as it tries to work its way towards a satisfactory end.

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Omar Qureshi Site:Zoom Review Show