'Dark Shadows' reviewed by Mr. Moviefone
Well, summer's over. How was it for ya? With the season's biggest blockbuster already in theaters, where do we go from here? What can compete? Maybe a vampire with a piratey past?
Yep, Johnny Depp is bringing his special kind of camp to a "reawakening" of the 1960s TV soap opera "Dark Shadows."
Tim Burton directs this gothic comedy with Depp as Barnabas Collins, a lad from Collinsforth Manor who follows his one true love off a cliff after a spell has been put on her. But a witch casts another spell and refuses to let him die, turns him into a vampire, and buries him alive. Now, two centuries later, he's freed from his tomb and returns to a very different world of 1972. Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter co-star in the film.
The Reel Deal: Look, I'm as big of a Johnny Depp fan as the next guy. But frankly, put a hat on him, give him a candy bar and some dreadlocks and you've got Alice's Caribbean chocolate factory. You might have to think about that for a second. And I don't think I'm alone in saying that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp movies are getting as old as Barnabus Collins, and with few laughs and very little bite, "Dark Shadows" is stylish, but mostly anemic. I'm out.
Also in select theaters this Mother's Day weekend, "Girl in Progress" stars Eva Mendes as a young mother too busy juggling multiple jobs and a romance with a married man to notice her teenage daughter's desire to jumpstart her life without mom.
In "I Wish," a Japanese boy hopes a milestone on a new bullet train will be the miracle he needs to reunite his family.
And in the dark comedy, "God Bless America," a recently divorced, unemployed man facing a terminal illness teams up with a teenage girl to take out the nation's biggest threat: Reality TV stars.
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