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Dark Shadows

Year : 2012 Director : Tim Burton Running Time : 113 Genre : ,
Movie review score
3/5

What’s it about?
An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free after 200 years and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Hijinx ensue as he ‘adapts’ to the modern world of 1972.

What did we think?
Despite the wacky premise, this self-indulgent movie takes itself far too seriously. Some wicked performances but to be frank, you should watch the first 20 minutes, go out for a coffee/shop/lunch/whatever for 70 minutes and then come back for the final 20.

Maybe that way you’ll enjoy it.

2.5

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3 Responses so far.

  1. Kyle Baker says:

    Is this the end for Tim Burton? This would have been okay as a directors first effort. When you realise it was Burton then you wonder what went wrong.

    Am I the only one feeling this way?

  2. Difiler says:

    What are you talking about? This was brilliant!!! Maybe it was to subtle for you.

  3. Subtle? Poorly timed jokes, over-indulgence, and atrocious pacing is not subtle – it’s a bad movie.

    The best bits were the end battle (for the spectacle), Hit Girl saying “woof” to catwoman, and seeing two catwomen in the same room at the same time.

    Admit it. Even great filmakers can have bad days. This is Tim’s.

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