Dark Shadows 2012 ½

I actually believed this thing had promise. There is no reason to adapt the 1960s TV series Dark Shadows into a film, and even less of a reason to make it a comedy, but the severity of the horror elements at the open of the film suggested maybe an interesting cross-tonal balancing act would occur...and then things fell completely apart (as they tend to do anymore in Burton's hands). The comedy ceases to amuse, character motivations are sacrificed for jokey set pieces that ultimately fail, and story elements haphazardly tossed at the screen with single-sentence context offered as justification.

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