May 14, 2012

My review of the new Tim Burton film Dark Shadows is now up on the Interaksyon website.

I loved how the atmosphere and the characters made this movie, even if the plot development could be prickly and soggy at times. And with the sizzling Lolita-faced Chloe Moretz in the billing, plus Eva Green’s rich, ehem, pulchirtude in the mix how could you go wrong?

Check it out.

REVIEW: ‘Dark Shadows’ spells gothic, campy entertainment

By Karl R. De Mesa · Friday, May 11, 2012 · 8:49 pm

Excellent atmosphere, full-on camp and caricatures, genuine frights, and the best of acting drollery shot through with A-list prowess. That’s “Dark Shadows” for the post-noughties set directed by Tim Burton, the man who gave us the likes of “The Corpse Bride” and “Batman Returns”.

Once a hugely popular soap opera in the late 1960s, “Dark Shadows” broke many molds as a daytime melodrama with a supernatural undercurrent. Burton revamped the old sprawl of the series and used the twin knitting needles of campy noir and gothic misery to interlace the many plot threads.

We open in 1750 where Joshua and Naomi Collins, English entrepreneurs from the old country, set sail for the coast of the new world with son Barnabas in tow.

In Maine they build a fishing empire and eventually establish a dynasty through the town that bears their name: Collinsport. Soon, young Barnabas grows up and becomes a playboy of the day, romancing women with his wealth, good looks, and charm.

Huge problems arise when he breaks the heart of one of their servant girls, Angelique Bouchard (played to vixen sharpness by Eva Green), who also happens to be a full-fledged, black magic-wielding witch. The final straw to Barnabas’ repudiation of Bouchard’s love comes in the person of his new inamorata, Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote).

So what does the witch do? She kills Barnabas’ parents by moving a stone gargoyle smack down on their heads and puts a spell on the new girlfriend that sends her jumping off a seaside cliff. Ah, but she’s got a cruel streak, this Ms Bouchard. Unsatisfied, she sentences Barnabas into eternal undeath as a vampire and buries him alive.

Read the rest of the review HERE.


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