Friday, July 6, 2012

Movie Review - Dark Shadows

Movie Review - Dark Shadows

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

Johnny Depp (Warner Bros. Photo)
     Dark Shadows. Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Infinitum Nihil/GK Films/Zanuck Company Production. Starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Grace Moretz and Gully McGrath. Directed by Tim Burton. Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith. Story by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith. Produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski and David Kennedy. 

    Many of the critics and fans of the original Dark Shadows daytime soap opera from the 1960’s are bad mouthing this film but it is not a remake of that TV show even though most of the main characters and the central theme are based on it. This movie is a project of its own and a pretty good one at that. However, as a Black reviewer, I couldn’t help but visualize as Joshua Collins and his family set sail from England in 1750 to the new world in America to seek their fortune, at the exact same time millions of Black Afrikans would be brutally captured against their will, shackled and packed like sardines on slave ships and also cross the Atlantic Ocean but under inhumane conditions and reasons that would make an evil witch and vampire look like innocent school yard children.

Chloe Grace Moretz, Gully McGrath, Johnny Depp (Warner Bros. Photo)

Eva Green (Warner Bros. Photo)

    Depp as the master vampire/businessman Barnabas Collins is his usually brilliant performing self as we have come to expect. The plot and supporting cast are excellent and the Tim Burton signature look, feel and stamp on this one is right on the money! I say it’s another touchdown for the Burton-to-Depp collaboration.

****EXCELLENT! (Ride In Front 1st Class!) 

Michelle Pfeiffer (Warner Bros. Photo)

Alice Cooper (Warner Bros. Photo)

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