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Friday, 18 May 2012

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows is a vampire fantasy based on a TV series of the same name. I have not watched the TV series, so have nothing to compare to. However, I must say that (director) Tim Burton's movie is exceptionally entertaining. It stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green.

To enjoy the fast paced movie, with many plot lines and back stories, don't question too much (eg. if he is the only child of his parents then who are the current Collins living in his manor?) or you'll might miss some twists. The story is a bit rushed in parts - whilst he has supposedly fallen for Victoria, there is scant attention paid to developing that relationship. Instead, the movie focuses on his relationship with the witch Angelique, his ex-lover, who had doomed him to a fate worse than death. Its quite understandable that the movie seems quite rushed. Afterall, the original TV series ran for 1,225 episodes between 1966 and 1971!

The movie has everything, romance, humor, murder, betrayal, back stabbing, greed, lust and even a concert by Alice Cooper. I thought it was a thoroughly enjoyable movie and I would happily watch it again.

For trailers and more facts about the movie see http://darkshadowsmovie.warnerbros.com/index.html

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