So today was “Tuesday Film Club day”, it was the perfect way to see a new film to review and this weeks film to review was the new Tim Burton film “Dark Shadows”.

Loosely based on the TV sitcom that aired in America on ABC in the 60’s-70’s, Dark Shadows is about Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) who is cursed by a witch, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), and turned in to a vampire and buried for 196 years, until he is released in 1972 and returns to his family home in Collinsport to find that his descendants have taken a turn for the worse and the town and family business has been taken over by somebody else.

Dark Shadows – Blazing Minds Film Review

So what we have with Dark Shadows is a typical Johnny Depp and Tim Burton film, full of dark satire, one liners, Johnny Depp looking rather odd and Helena Bonham-Carter as her usual nutty self 😉

OK, you’re not getting a film which makes you think , it’s not a murder mystery, but it has some very funny moments, I do have to say that Johnny Depp always brings some outlandish and comic parts to the roles he takes and pairing up with Tim Burton always seems to bring out the charm when the two get together.

Though this may not be the best film in their partnership history, it’s still darkly funny and enjoyable. Let’s face it it’s a reworking of a TV show which not many people can remember, well the younger ones anyway.

With it’s groovy looking 70’s clothes, great soundtrack and cameos from Alice Cooper and the original Barnabas (Jonathan Frid), the film is just fun, yes there are those that have completely panned the film and hated it for everything, but at the end of the day, it’s a fun film, yes it’s quite camp and yes it’s reworking of a TV Show, but who cares.

Dark Shadows is going to be one of those films that divides the film going public in to those that love it and those that can’t stand it and for me I loved it.

Overall Thoughts For Dark Shadows

Go and see this if you like silly films, love Tim Burton and Johnny Depp sends you weak at the knees, forget about the TV series, just go and see the film and enjoy!

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham