For me, Tim Burton has always been a bit hit and miss, though there is one thing you can guarantee, when he teams up with Johnny Depp (and more often than not, Helena Bonham Carter) you know you’re in for a quirky visual feast. The problem with Hollywood however, is that the giant publicity machine generally doesn’t quite know what to do with quirky and the films are oft promoted as if they are family fare, which Dark Shadows certainly is not.
Based loosely on a camp-gothic soap opera of the same name, which ran from 1966 to 1971, Dark Shadows is a perfect vehicle for some Depp fun, and Depp certainly seems to be having fun, and one cant fault his performance. Sadly however, unless you’re a die hard fan of Depp, you probably won’t have much fun.
Burton seems to have lost his way, not knowing quite weather to embrace the over the top campy comedic approach, or a more sinister drama, resulting in a film that is neither and fails in general to be much more that a ship lost at sea with not rudder to direct it’s course.