Watched May 17, 2012
Luke Parry’s review:
When I was a young boy I, like many others, went to see Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace. I left that cinema with one sure thought: One day, I would be Obi Wan Kenobi. I completely loved the film (hey! Don't judge me, I was 9, and the pretty light sabres and Jedi mind tricks toyed with my mind.) I spent a lot of my childhood like this. Falling in love with films and their characters. There were the Batman years. The Terminator years and lest we forget the short period were I wanted to be a certain unnamed boy wizard. Sadly, as we all inevitably do, I grew up. Became boring, and films were no longer settings in my giant play box were I could be anyone I wanted, rather, they were something I became passionate about making. I am currently 22, and have just been to see Dark Shadows, and, dare I say it? I want to be Barnabas Collins.
The film is dazzling. Stylish with that ever present Tim Burton signature. Funny, dark, quirky, hell, I'm going to save myself the time: The film was amazing. Burton has had a rough time of late. His recent films have been lacking something his earlier entries gushed: imagination and heart. Dark Shadows, feels very much like the film Burton needed to make. It has a feel of someone picking themselves up after a stumble. It's not going to please everyone, but then what does? For Tim Burton fans, it's hopefully a new beginning, for Johnny Depp fans, its another fantastic portrayal, for film fans, its a genuinely good, enjoyable film, and for anyone who's ever dreamed of being a Jedi, or a superhero, or a boy wizard, regardless of whether they're 9 or 22, it's another toy in the sandbox. It's something magical.