Monday, May 28, 2012

Dark characters, dark mis-en-scene and extremely dark humour; welcome to the world of Dark Shadows, where actor Johnny Depp doesn’t fail to scare you with his hideous look and makes you laugh with his comic touch, simultaneously.
Dark Shadows is an American comedy horror film based on the 1966–1971 gothic horror soap opera of the same name. The film is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a vampire who escapes 200 years of confinement in an underground coffin. Being born in a rich and powerful family that owns a large fishing business, Barnabas gets into a misfortune when he breaks the heart of a witch, Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), leaving her no choice but to take revenge by killing his family and his lover Josette DuPres (Bella Heathcote), and spelling an indestructible curse on all the members of the Collins family. 

With good art direction and costume design, Dark Shadows earns success in  theaters.
Even though the set-up of the film is dark, the lighting is absolutely perfect, especially in the night scenes. Art direction and set design are marvelous and the costume design, by Colleen Atwood, who won the Academy Award for Costume Design for Alice in Wonderland in 2010, says it all. The visual appeal of the film is what attracts the audience as the colors perfectly outstand in the film, leaving no sign of amateurism. The camera angles have been well-experimented with as well and the dialogues, on the other hand, are extraordinary, as the combination of horror, humour and sarcasm is rare to see.

Dark Shadows is an epic fairy tale, Tim Burton style, with occasional innocent moraines and flamboyant visuals contrasting depressing gray scale scenes. So if your inner core happens to be a morbid yet happy child who has strange cravings for visual stimulation, Dark Shadows is a good couple of hours off, from reality.

By Maria Hussain