Dark Shadows 2012 ★★½

I really wanted to like this film. I love Tim Burton and Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter and I so wanted to be able to leave the theater and sing this movie's praises. Sadly, I can not.

The movie looks beautiful (and how is it possible that Johnny Depp looks so young in this film?), but the script is a mess. There are some good moments and some funny bits, but mostly the movie plods along at a languid pace. I kept waiting for the prologue to end and the movie to really kick into gear, and it never really happens.

Aside from Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green (who I thought was very weak in her role) the actors are given nothing to do. Many of them could be cut from the film (and why you hire Helena Bonham Carter for such a dull role is beyond me) and it would be a stronger movie. There's also a last minute twist that is not at all set up and adds nothing to the film itself, leaving me scratching my head as to why it was even included.

Ugh. Wasted opportunity.

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