Directed by Tim Burton. Written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Gully McGrath, Christopher Lee, Alice Cooper, Ivan Kaye, Shane Rimmer. (PG-13, 113 mins).
A big-screen revamp of the legendary 1966-1971 afternoon soap opera has been a longtime pet project of producer/star Johnny Depp, but the end result is a real mixed bag. Depp and director Tim Burton team for the eighth time since 1990, and DARK SHADOWS is easily their least-satisfying collaboration (of which I'd probably rank 1994's ED WOOD as my favorite) thus far, not helped by a script by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith that can't seem to settle on what exactly it wishes to accomplish and, comedy aside, takes great liberties with the Dan Curtis soap, especially in the construction and origin of some of the major characters.
In the 1770s, Barnabas Collins (Depp), dashing scion of the Maine-based Collins family, founders of the fishing town of Collinsport, professes his love for Josette du Pres (Bella Heathcote), breaking the heart of servant girl Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). Angelique turns out to be a witch who puts a curse on the Collins family and Collinwood, their 200-room mansion. Collins' parents are killed, Josette leaps from a cliff, and Barnabas is turned into a vampire and buried alive by the vengeful Angelique.
|Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands as Willy Wonka|
as Sweeney Todd as The Mad Hatter as
Barnabas Collins in DARK SHADOWS
|Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard|
|Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters|
|Eva Green as the evil Angelique Brouchard|
And I doubt playing Tonto in THE LONE RANGER is that project.