Movie : Dark Shadows

Tim Burton movie

Last Tuesday, I watched the movie Dark Shadows with a couple of friends. It’s the only thing remotely interesting in the movies showing that day. Knowing that Johnny Depp has always worked his magic on screen piqued our interest to see this movie for ourselves. With our tickets on hand, we headed for the cinemas, and to our surprise, a long line of senior citizens were waiting for their turn to enter the cinema. I looked at my friends with a puzzled and questioning look on my face asking, “Are we heading towards the right cinema?” Which we later learned was a privilege enjoyed by the senior citizens of Manila City (as well as other cities in the Metro, like Makati which first implemented this program) to watch any movie for free as long as it’s not on a holiday, as well as the first showing day. It’s the metro cities’ program to honor our senior citizens to provide them recreation and satisfaction in their old age.

Let me borrow the Dark Shadows Movie synopsis written by Warner Bros Pictures:

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better…

Story: Despite the fail-proof combination of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, together with esteemed actors Michelle Pfieffer, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eva Green, the movie left much to be desired.

The story ranged from awkward to strange, and the comedy was sometimes raw and unappealing. Johnny Depp’s character, Barnabas Collins’ Old English script was just a tad difficult to understand and follow. There wasn’t much character development seen with Barnabas, as well as Victoria’s (played by Bella Heathcote), and Angelique’s (played by Eva Green).

Despite this, the movie was entertaining, but seeing it in TV or buying a DVD copy wouldn’t do it injustice.

I loved Eva Green’s character, as she was just so gorgeous as Angelique.

Bella Heathcote is just too pretty, it’s hard to take your eyes off her.

One of the noteworthy aspects I find in this movie is the cast’s makeup! It’s fabulous, which explains why NYX brought out a makeup palette inspired by Dark Shadows, named as “The Crimson Amulet Collection”

The NYX S123 Crimson Amulet Palette is comprised of 24 Matte and Shimmery Eyeshadows, 5 Blushers, 1 Highlighter, 4 Lip Colors, 1 HD Studio Eyeshadow Base, and 1 Extreme Black Liquid Eyeliner, all for $25! The colors are so dark and beautiful for the gothic and/or avant-garde feel.

Just Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Hoffman working that neon green eyeshadow

So really, Dark Shadows won’t be making it on my list of Top Movies this year, but it’s still worth watching for that Johnny Depp x Tim Burton magic. How about you guys, how’d you find Dark Shadows? :) -ED

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