Movie review: "Dark Shadows" (VIDEO)
This remake of 1960s soap opera short-circuits
Movie remakes of old TV shows usually pursue one of two paths.
Producers following the first way respect the original show and aim to recapture its spirit and intent (think “The Fugitive”). Producers following the other way conspire with audiences to reassure us we’re so much smarter here in the 21st century and will ridicule the old show, especially if it has a cult following (think “Land of the Lost”).
Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” with his frequent collaborator Johnny Depp as the vampire Barnabas Collins, tries to have it both ways. As is often the case when a movie can’t make up its mind, neither way works well.
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