Yea, but Chaplin was great!
[..]Not everyone involved in the film got what to do with their Aryan behemoth of a leading man. - absolutely love this sentence !
Mark Asch’s review of Dark Shadows is a murky attempt to malign the creative magic of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. Asch’s review is tedious and pretentious. It is littered with run-on sentences, several of which are incomprehensible. Of course, Dark Shadows has some problems, beginning with its marketing. The trailer misrepresents the film as a light comedy, rather than what it is: a poorly cast attempt at the original soap opera’s loveable campiness. But it is unfair to ignore the film’s stunning visuals and unique dystopian world created under Burton’s direction. If the dialogue was edited out, and we were left with Burton’s images and Danny Elfman’s score, the film would be remarkably improved. Sadly, the damage is already done.
I agree that Seth Grahame-Smith and John August missed the mark at translating the campy nature of the original Dark Shadows soap opera to the screen. This does not, however, make Depp and Burton responsible for the film’s most stringent failures. August's voice is uncomfortably present in rigid dialogue (especially in the sex scenes) and constant cheap references to his previous hit collaboration with Burton, Big Fish. The film’s structure is head-whirling and confused with strained plot lines that seem to originate from nowhere. They are not propelled by any of the character’s deeper desires or concrete goals. With the exception of Depp and Bonham-Carter, who achieve the serio-comic tone this revival demands, the actors and their characters’ voices fall flat. This is due in part to painfully bad casting choices such as Jackie Earle Haley (best known for brutal and sardonic characters like Guerrero from Human Target), being cast as the meek drunkard housekeeper. We can only hope that Grahame-Smith and Burton’s upcoming collaboration, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will be a more enjoyable ride.
Mr. Asch fails to identify the real problems with Dark Shadows, as he is too focused on attacking Burton and Depp as a team. He makes unsubstantiated claims about Burton’s body of work, suggesting it has been all downhill for the Burton/Depp collaboration since Edward Scissorhands. This ignores Alice in Wonderland, a magnificent fantasy and box office success of almost $320 million along with other hits of theirs such as Sweeney Todd or Ed Wood. Perhaps Asch should re-examine Burton’s accomplishments and their reviews before saying something as silly as, “Tim Burton and Johnny Depp Must Be Stopped”. Find the problem before you blatantly accuse people of something Mr. Asch.
I love Burton.....The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy....his partner Helena Bonham Carter and Depp. One must possess giant testicles to tackle this complex material. Their collaberation yields pure escapism.....just love it.
Can you tell me why there are only white and Chinese people in his films? He does know that America is a mixed country right?
Good article, but a fact checker is needed. That's Juliette Greco singing in the Paris club, not Josephine Baker.
Funny Games was referenced explicitly in the first 5 minutes, yeah, what with the abrupt title card, and characters referring to "things not going wrong since 1998"? (They'd have to be using the U.S. release date, but still...)
"Creepy socio-path" is a kind description of Pinochet, DINA and supporters of the 1973 coup.
Good review. Sounds like I'll wait for the DVD to catch it...
Oh saw this today and absolutely hated it! So dry and forced. It made me constantly think of a recent interview I read with Gregg Araki where he said the worst reason to make a film is just because you want to make a film. You can tell the filmmaker just wanted to make a movie and pieced some existing literature together to having something to put before the camera.
The film, seen in tandem with the Lars von Trier failed effort at dystopic end-of-world scenario, is an exercise that might better have been confined to the sophomore film-lab in which it must, on some level, have been incubated. Little in the plot seems reasonable or inevitable, and the lack of REASON for the end of world cataclysm is a major negative in this most irritating though very NYC story.
I've heard nothing but amazing things about this film. I was unfortunately out of town when it hit NYC theaters and am PSYCHED to finally see it!
i saw this movie in Chicago in November and it was the best film i saw all year... amazing. so pumped to see it again!
The film has no visual language of its own and deeply misrepresents the years it tries to depict...
Looks like a mind-blowing, totally awesome commercial.
Nice photo. Hi, Roy!
There are also Bresson men. It's unseamly to overlook the vibrant homoeroticism of "A Man Escaped," "Pickpocket," "Au Hasard Balthazar" and "Le Diable Probablement."
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It seems you missed the point of the movie if you feel that the mother had no complexity. She was, in fact, one of the most complex characters of the story. (Not to mention that was an amazing performance by Kim Wayans, who up until now, has only done comedy.)
Although the mother's actions are deplorable, in her mind, she is acting out of love and faith. Perhaps you haven't had the experience of dealing with parents or people who struggle to reconcile their faith with their close relationships, but I have and trust me, her character is very true to life.
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