Warner Bros. just released the trailer to Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows due for release this summer. As the trailer began I was intrigued and then quickly became horrified. Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins looks like a cartoon character trapped in an unfunny farce. However, rewatching it some more I realized that was what Burton was going for. He has turned Dark Shadows into a ’70s Saturday morning cartoon with its fish-out-of-water vampire mingling with the humans in a sea of colorful day-glo. It’s like the Brady Bunch meets the Addams Family animated-style. Or when Sabrina the Teenage witch arrived in Riverdale and spooked Archie, Reggie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Moose, Big Ethel, Midge, and the rest of the gang.
I truly wished Burton would have gone the dark, spooky atmospheric route with Dark Shadows and not have gone for the laughs. However, I do love Johnny Depp in anything and will give it a try. From the trailer though disappointing is Eva Green as Angelique who just doesn’t register evil like Lara Parker did; Michelle Pfeiffer who doesn’t seem to play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard as the grande dame the way Joan Bennett did; and Chloe Moretz as a way too immature Carolyn Stoddard played by the more sophisticated Nancy Barrett in the soap. I did however like Helena Bonham Carter as a droll Dr. Julia Hoffman.
Here’s just hoping that Dark Shadows is better than Burton’s awful Planet of the Apes reboot.