First Reviews For DARK SHADOWS Are Decidedly Mixed

First Reviews For DARK SHADOWS Are Decidedly Mixed

Currently sitting at 20% on RT with a total of 5 reviews (still a ways to go in fairness), Tim Burton's take on the cult tv show would seem to have quite a few problems..

The first few reviews for Tim Burton's Dark Shadows have hit, and they haven't been very kind to the movie. They haven't completely slammed it either mind you, most praise quite a few elements but ultimately err on the negative. The general consensus seems to be that the cast - particularly Johnny Depp - all do a fine job, but the narrative is a bit all over the place and Burton fails to properly balance the comedy/horror elements - something many fans worried about when the first trailer was released.

Here are some excerpts from the reviews that are currently online..

Tim Grierson of Screen Daily writes..

"Though sporting director Tim Burton's usual visual flair, the film nonetheless suffers from the same lack of narrative focus that has haunted his other recent offerings..

..Johnny Depp, working with Burton for an eighth time, gives a spirited performance where the affectation doesn’t outweigh the effectiveness, but still one walks away from the film remembering the costumes but not really the characters that wore them."

From The Film Pie..

"Perhaps my expectations were misaligned but I was disappointed by Dark Shadows. The lure of director Tim Burton and a half-decent trailer had me thinking this would be a sharp, witty black comedy. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. There were only a handful of genuine laughs… and that puts it on a par with Scary Movie 3.

The film gets too bogged down with lengthy dialogue-driven sequences. Knowing that Burton is sitting in the director’s chair, you keep thinking they’re going to lead up to something clever but that’s rarely the case. Instead, we're left with dumb jokes highlighted by a scene where Barnabas pulls out the back of the television set and tries to comprehend how there are small people inside. It was like watching Mel Brooks’ awful 1995 comedy Dracula: Dead And Loving It."

But there is one positive review from Quick Fix, who call Dark Shadows Tim Burton's "best film in a decade", continuing..

"Dark Shadows moves with buoyancy and ease. The 1970s setting also affords Burton an opportunity to create a cotton-candy-canvas for his caricatures to play, and we know how much he likes that. Despite the title – and all the on-screen bloodletting – it’s a light affair; fun, and funny, and filled with appealing performances (Moretz and Green in particular). As for Depp, some may have tired of his shtick, but I’ll continue to cheerfully gobble it up so long as he can continue producing uniquely tuned characters such as his Barnabas, who relishes such hackneyed lines as, “A woman doctor? What an age this is."

Reading through these I think - like most of his movies - how much you enjoy Dark Shadows will probably depend on whether you are a Burton fan or not. Obviously we will have to wait for more reviews to come in before we can get a proper idea of the full critical reaction, but what do you guys make of this? Has it made you think twice about checking the movie out? Or were you not planning to anyway? You can read the rest of the reviews so far HERE

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thalidomide - 5/8/2012, 8:39 AM
And they say this will beat The Avengers

GOTG - 5/8/2012, 8:42 AM
it wont the avengers will rule
SigmaCenturion - 5/8/2012, 8:45 AM
I'll have to give watching the original series a try. The movie however doesn't look good at all.
PaulRom - 5/8/2012, 8:47 AM
Not surprising. The Avengers should have a VERY easy second weekend at #1.
BruceLeroy - 5/8/2012, 8:47 AM
defenderofthefaith - 5/8/2012, 8:48 AM
Screw the critics, I will see it anyway. Their opinions mean nothing to me.
RorMachine - 5/8/2012, 8:49 AM
I'm disappointed, I thought the trailer showed promise. But I'm a Burton fan (most of the time), so was hoping he pulled it off. I'll still see it regardless of course, just hoping for a better reaction.
Greengo - 5/8/2012, 8:51 AM
I'd pay to see a Beetlejuice sequel with Depp as Beetlejuice.

But I have no interest in this movie at all whatsoever.
NerdyGeek - 5/8/2012, 8:52 AM
santoanderson - 5/8/2012, 8:53 AM
When is the last time Burton made an "amazing" movie? I guess Sweeney Todd was his last good movie. Then there was that crappy Willy Wonka movie, and that crappy Planet of the Apes movie, and the crappy Alice in Wonderland movie.

The dude is quite overrated.
dellamorte1872 - 5/8/2012, 8:55 AM
that's disappointing, sincerely. i wanted it to be good b/c they both (DEPP + BURTON) truly love the source material
thalidomide - 5/8/2012, 8:56 AM
Well to be fair it's just 3 reviews, not really relevant if you ask me. There's more to come that might change your minds.
thalidomide - 5/8/2012, 8:58 AM

lol, I love Nightmare before Christmas when I was a kid, I started hating Jack Skellington when the emo kids started making them their mascot -___-
AlibiBreakfast - 5/8/2012, 8:58 AM
This movie looks beyond stupid. Tim Burton is a lazy and overrated hack.
kylum616 - 5/8/2012, 8:59 AM
@Greeno guess what there doing a bettle juice sequel with tim burton and michael kenton returuing :)
kylum616 - 5/8/2012, 8:59 AM
marvel72 - 5/8/2012, 9:01 AM
20% rotten tomatoes rating,i'll wait for it to be shown on tv.
LAXtremest - 5/8/2012, 9:04 AM
Evilos- What was that comment for? Is it because you were saying this will dethrone Avengers?
LAXtremest - 5/8/2012, 9:06 AM
I was on the fence about this movie. If the reviews keep coming in badly, that will determine t decision to see it.
MartianSupermanhunter22 - 5/8/2012, 9:17 AM
I never heard anyone say this would beat the Avengers.
Rodimus9 - 5/8/2012, 9:18 AM
Burton + Depp=

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JudgeDeath - 5/8/2012, 9:19 AM
It will be hilarious if this knocks transformers 4 - sorry, Avengers off the number one spot. hahaha!
LAXtremest - 5/8/2012, 9:23 AM
Not gonna happen Judge Troll
JudgeDeath - 5/8/2012, 9:25 AM
You guys are so easy to wind up. Have a sense of humour!
LAXtremest - 5/8/2012, 9:28 AM
I'm just giving it back buddy. It's all in fun :)
LAXtremest - 5/8/2012, 9:29 AM
And for the record, although I highly doubt it, stranger things have happened lol
LAXtremest - 5/8/2012, 9:31 AM
Grif- That clips awesome.
Greengo - 5/8/2012, 9:35 AM
@Kylum: NO [frick]ING WAY!!!!

You better not be messing with my emotions!!
JudgeDeath - 5/8/2012, 9:37 AM
LAX - I hear you, buddy. That Alice in Wonderland shit is in the all time top 10. #messedup
AlexDeLarge87 - 5/8/2012, 9:38 AM
Hey wait what?!!

Dont you dare talking crap about Mel Brooks!
Dead & Loving It was funny to me!
HelaGood - 5/8/2012, 9:42 AM
looks like utter crap
Gmoney84 - 5/8/2012, 10:06 AM
I can say that having watched the majority of the original show in syndication this movie looks like utter crap. Why does everybody have to be super pale white in Burton movies??
marvel72 - 5/8/2012, 10:16 AM
wasn't planning on seeing this at the cinema anyway.
jazzman - 5/8/2012, 11:40 AM
Tim Burton is a lazy director everything he does is gothic.
Equivocal - 5/8/2012, 11:57 AM
I've been sooooooo Sick of depp & burton !
SpiderFan35 - 5/8/2012, 12:03 PM
I am one of those who is tiring of Depp's shtick, I would not pay to see this in a theatre, maybe watch it on TV.

@JudgeDeath: don't be an insulting troll and then try to pass it off as good-natured joking. We do have a sense of humour when poking fun at each other, but you are just being a shit disturber going for the low-hanging fruit of bashing a movie that the vast majority of CBM fans are really happy about.

In short:

GTFO of our neighborhood :)

Ha1frican - 5/8/2012, 12:06 PM
Everyone should look up the video about Burton's creative process on Youtube its hilarious and true.
rockerdude22 - 5/8/2012, 12:13 PM
Yeah, this was expected. I love Burton's early work, but his new stuff isn't anything to rave about. Shame too, cause I thought this property had potential to bring him back to form. Guess not.
SpiderFan35 - 5/8/2012, 12:30 PM
@Ha1frican: This one? Yeah it's good, the Danny Elfman music makes me lmao.

DoomXfactor - 5/8/2012, 2:55 PM
I hope this movie bombs
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