I really hate saying this, because I’ve been a Tim Burton fan for years (OMG! Nightmare Before Christmas, best movie ever!), but most of his recent work has been…dull. I don’t know when it happened (Planet of the Apes maybe?), but at some point Tim Burton became predictable and unimaginary. There have been moments I’ve enjoyed, Sweeny Todd for instance, and I’m excited about the upcoming Frankenweenie, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland were meh. Even Corpse Bride, which I actually enjoyed, falls a little flat at times.
To get to my point, is it being positive for me to say this first glimpse of Dark Shadows looks like a Tim Burton movies? Not really. It’s very Burton, and recently I’ve been associating that style with crappy movies. So, no, this image doesn’t really inspire me with high hopes for this Dark Shadows remake.
I will say Johnny Depp looks amazingly better once seen after post and not on a bright, sunny beach.
Of course I would be ecstatic if I were proven wrong. I so want this movie to be good. I’m just, not convinced yet. Check out the full image below, and if you’d like click to embiggen.
Dark Shadows stars Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman; Chloe Grace Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard; Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard; Gulliver McGrath as David Collins; Bella Heathcote as Vitoria Winters; Johnny Depp as Barnabas; Ray Shirley as Mrs. Johnson; Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis; Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins; and Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.
Official, and fairly spoilery, synopsis below:
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet—or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Brouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.
Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.
Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.