When I first heard that Burton was doing Dark Shadows I was a bit worried. After all, how could it compete with the original? Quite well, as it turns out. True, the original concept would have made 'purists' happy, but Depp, while acknowledging ALL the built-in comedy, intentionally (I hope) down-plays the humor, making it work even better.
Michelle Pfeiffer was WONDERFUL as Elizabeth Collins-Stoddard! Forceful and pragmatic. And beautiful, of course!
Helena Bonham-Carter (My FAVORITE Ophelia!) was FANTASTIC as Dr Julia... even down to some of the mannerisms used in the TV show...
I must admit that I thought the 'adjustment to the pedigree' was added a bit too late, but after watching it more-than-once (which is EASY to do) it bothers me less each time I watch it. I must acknowledge the cameo of the original Barnabas, Johnathan Frid, at the 'happening'. NICE touch! I originally saw it in the theater and vowed that I would own it when it came out on DVD. Preordered. DONE!
I cannot think of ANYTHING I truly disliked about this movie... Nothing at all!
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