Article by James
I know I was, let’s say “not so enthusiastic” previously, re the new Tim Burton film Dark Shadows. But, it does open in Oz this week and I have to say my thoughts have changed. After much reading over the past 6 months, I have to say my mind has been far more directed toward Burton’s wise decision to not use the hefty amount of CGI effects which swamped some of his last few films such as 2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. I do wonder if this had much to do with the landscape these remakes demanded, but for a Director and Artist such as Burton, I did wonder whether it was budgetary. Perhaps originally thought of as a freedom to create whatever one wanted, it is my opinion that Burton’s vision is distinctly two dimensional when projected predominantly through software driven effects. And then with his new flick, there is the freedom to take a concept and create the stories he does, without the need to be true to anything so beloved originally.
As mentioned before, Dark Shadows stars the usual Burton cast members Johnny Depp and wife Helena Bonham Carter, with an often-member, the delightful Christopher Lee. With a fantastic supporting cast including the adorable Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and Jackie Earle Haley. If you haven’t seen the PR blitz and marketing bonanza (TV, billboard, etc advertising), then get out from under your rock. The flick is about a cursed vampire who is released from his coffin several hundred years after being cast there to return to his family in the 70’s. And it’s a fantasy/comedy. After watching the trailers several times, it truly looks like a return to form for Burton using his awkward comedy (for the fans) to the full. Me thinks hilarious. Go see. I will be.
But, I have to say something re Depp. Yes, Mr Big-Buck-Pirate-of-the-Caribbean. While I am not saying he isn’t good, sometimes great, I am really starting to question him. And he has filled many Burton male leads well. Even though Tim didn’t cast him in his appauling remake of Planet of the Apes (2001) – to both their credit – Depp has actually been in most else. And with Pirates of the Caribbean 5 announced for the future with guess who back as Captain Jack, I think the talented Tim Burton may need to cut free of his ties. And if that isn’t enough, have you seen the “leaked” pics of Depp in his next film released in 2013? He plays Tonto in a remake of The Lone Ranger. While the fact this is being made is laughable, check out the fake nose Depp is sporting to “create” the American Indian character of Tonto. Ridiculous.
As if being called Johnny at 49 wasn’t stupid enough.