Okay, Ladies and Gentlement. Boys and Girls. If you go into Dark Shadows either comparing it to the original series or expecting this to be up there with Tim Burton films like Pee-Wee's Big Adventure or Nightmare Before Christmas you're just setting yourself up for disappointment.
I went in with neither expectation and I enjoyed myself. Don't let the trailer for the movie fool you. The movie is actually pretty creepy and not as goofy as the trailer might suggest.
I'm getting a little sick of reading some critics reviews of this film and suggesting Tim Burton has only made five good films in his career. Which I think is ridiculous. And it makes me wonder if some of these reviews were written by bitter little toads who are just upset because Tim Burton rejected their screenplay.
I especially enjoyed the cameo by Lara Parker, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott and Jonathan Frid during a party scene at Collinwood. And not just one of those blink and you miss it type of cameo's. They even gave them a nice line too.
True this may not be one of his best of all time. But it's far from being his worst. That section in cinematic hell is reserved for Mars Attacks and Planet of the Apes in my opinon.
I didn't look at this movie as better or worse than the original series. Nothing ever beats the original. I look at the big screen treatment as a tribute to the original series as well as Tim Burton's version of it.
I suppose if I'm going to complain about anything as far as Tim Burton's current crop of films is I really miss the stop-motion special effects he used in some of his earlier films like Pee-Wee and Beetlejuice. But we live in a supply and demand age and I suppose it's easier to get a picture out there faster put together effects on the computer than to toil countless months trying to get the stop-motion effects right.
But with that said, I still have a soft spot for stop-motion creatures.
Go into Dark Shadows with an opened mind and you won't be disappointed. And if I listened to every movie critic out there, I wouldn't enjoy half the movies I'm into.