Skip to main content

Taron Egerton Is Playing Elton John In Biopic 'Rocketman'

DARK SHADOWS Movie Review By: Matt C

DARK SHADOWS Movie review
By: Matt C


Does DARK SHADOWS honor the trippy original, or cast further doubt on the Depp-Burton alliance?


DARK SHADOWS is a strange film to pin down, and that's usually a good thing for director Tim Burton (Batman). Over 10 films, he and actor Johnny Depp (Public Enemies) defined the genre of wacky with brilliant brush strokes, painting lush environments with memorable characters who defied convention. And while DARK SHADOWS contains its fair share of all the above, the film really exemplifies the "Jack of All, Master of None" mentality, something very un-Burton like. It doesn't know what it wants to be half the time, straddling between action, bizarre camp comedy, and watered-down horror, but doing none of them very well.


Depp plays Barnabus Collins, an 18th Century vampire who is awakened in 1972 after being buried in an iron casket for enjoying the taste of human blood. Being a nightcrawler isn't really his fault: that blame is laid squarely on the shoulders of the haughty witch Angelique (Eva Green, Casino Royale), who was scorned by Barnabus for another woman. Collins returns to his mansion in Collinsport, only to learn that the family's fishing business is sputtering. Together with the remainder of his modern family, Collins seeks to return the business to profitability while battling the semi-immortal Green, who's taken over the small town. The movie, inspired by the serious tone of the 1966-1971 television show, is a definite parody, seeking to turn those overly-dramatic elements into comedy.



But the script by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) just isn't funny enough. In the film's first act, Barnabus gets a lift from a VW of hippies; later, he eats them. A sexual romp with Green in the second act destroys her office; she smokes afterwards. These and other moments are supposed to be funny, and while Depp's fish-out-of-water take initially brings the laughter, the shtick wears too quickly. Depp's portrayal also seems strangely familiar; his role is really a mash-up of The Mad Hatter, Jack Sparrow, and Ichabod Crane, all of which were better in their earlier forms.



While Burton excels at assembling a terrific cast, including Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter series), Jonny Lee Walker (Trainspotting), and Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns), others are underutilized or just plain unnecessary. Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo) tries way too hard as the rebellious 16-year-old, Walker's role is mere window dressing, and even Depp's love interest Victoria Winters (Bella Healthcote, In Time) disappears in act two, suddenly returning in the third to profess her love for Barnabus. Even the soundtrack by long-time music partner Danny Elfman (Spider-man) feels out of place, sacrificing the big sound of Batman and Hulk for something less effective.

DARK SHADOWS reminds us that not all fond remembrances of the past are worth revisiting; it's no better than a rainy-day rental. Fans of the show will giggle lightly at the many tips-of-the-hat which propagate the film; teens and college kids will wonder if they can sneak out to see The Avengers. It casts doubt on the Johnny Depp-Tim Burton marriage, making us wonder if the once brilliant fire of Sleep Hollow is just a dream in the mind of Barnabus Collins.

Please Leave A Comment-

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Taron Egerton Is Playing Elton John In Biopic 'Rocketman'

Regular listeners to the Empire Podcast (sorry about the whole Call Me By Your Name theme ear worm, incidentally) will recall that we had Taron Egerton as a guest on the 300th episode, recorded in front of an audience on Valentine's Day. He talked up his hope that Elton John biopic Rocketman would finally come together, and now Paramount is closing a deal to finance and distribute the film worldwide.

The film, which has been through at least one previous incarnation (Michael Gracey directing Tom Hardy in the lead) is reuniting the Eddie The Eagle team of Egerton, director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn, who has been trying to get the movie made for a while, with Elton's blessing and the support of his company, Rocket Pictures.

Featuring a script by Lee Hall, Rocketman will follow the career of the artist formerly known as Reginald Dwight, from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to a global superstar, through his influential and enduring musical partnership w…

New #DISOBEDIENCE Clip Featuring Rachel Weisz & Rachel McAdams

Disobedience follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz and based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.



Discuss this with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms Please Leave A Comment-

ISLE OF DOGS & Wes Anderson Launch CrowdRise Campaign To Benefit @bestfriends

Every day, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters, simply because they don’t have safe places to call home. Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing. They believe that by working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All by 2025.



6 people will win the full set of 6 figures
These sets are 6 of only 100 ever made
They will NOT be sold in any stores
These figures were designed and hand finished in London by the same puppet makers who created the puppets for the film
Each set comes with 5 dogs and Atari
This is your chance to own a piece of Wes Anderson and "Isle of Dogs" history

Every $10 is a chance to win, so $50 = 5 entries

Click Here for the official CrowdRise page.

No purchase or donation necessary to enter or win

Discuss this with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms

Plea…