Dark Shadows

dark_shadowsBarnabas (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, each harboring their own dark secrets.

My Review

One sentence summarized it all. The trailer was way better than the movie itself.

It seems like the director had no idea which direction it wants to go with, so it was slabbed right in the middle between a horror/drama and a comedy. I knew this is a remake of an old movie which I think it should have been left alone. The only memorable character I liked from this movie was Willie Loomis, the housekeeper, played by Jackie Earle Haley. This movie shown how much Chloe Moretz has grown from Kick-Ass.

My Grade: C (too generous for my taste especially with so many heavyweight casts)

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesIt has been 4 years since the last installment of the series. First movie was the only one memorable to me since it was a fresh concept. The latest installation is definitely not up to par to the first.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the latest Pirates of the Caribbean 33% and I understood why. To me, unless you are a fan for the Pirates of the Carribean’s series, you can probably wait for the DVD.

I was actually bored with the first half of the movie. 2 hours and 17 minutes is probably too long for this movie. The jokes were getting a bit old since they shown most of the funny parts in the trailer. Ian McShane did a great job playing as the villain Blackbeard. They left the ending open with Jack getting the Black Pearl back for the next movie (rumor on Johnny Depp was in talk with Jerry Bruckheimer).

The makeups and costumes for the mermaids were impeccable natural looking. The makeup for Barbosa however looked funny. The faith-filled Phillip and the mermaid Syrena love story fill up the hole from the missing of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann.

Pirates of the Caribbean series are always known for its crafty dialogue. A couple of memorable quotes from the movie:
Jack Sparrow: “Captain, I wish to report a mutiny. I can name fingers and point names.”
Angelica: “Why is it we can never meet without you pointing something at me?”
Jack Sparrow: “You know that feeling you get when you’re standing in a high place… sudden urge to jump?… I don’t have it.”

Summer blockbusters for this year have been dull so far. I need a good fix and soon.

My Grade: B

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