I went to see Dark Shadows today and I can't stop thinking about it. There has been much controversy over this movie, partly because diehard fans of the original series are concerned about the way the material will be treated, and partly because Tim Burton is experiencing something of a backlash at this point in his career. Neither of these factors were relevant to me as I have never seen the sixties TV series, and I remain a fan of Tim Burton. I just went along hoping to see an entertaining movie.
This is not a review blog, so I'm not going to give an actual review of the film. I'm also not going to give away any of the plot. I just have a few thoughts. First of all, Dark Shadows is visually stunning and some of the special effects are breathtaking. It's also darker than the trailers would lead you to believe, but still funny. Essentially, it's an utterly over-the-top Gothic melodrama. As I said, I've never seen the original soap opera, but I get the feeling there were a lot of references to it in the movie. It felt like a condensed Gothic soap. I also loved the seventies soundtrack, which included a couple of performances by Alice Cooper.
This movie is certainly not going to be everyone's cup of tea. In many ways, like a soap opera, it's quite surreal, but I think that's why I can't get it out of my mind, and I definitely want to see it again!