A pale shadow

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - DVDS -

THE col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween film­maker Tim Bur­ton and his favoured lead­ing man Johnny Depp has gar­nered mixed re­sults over the course with gems like Ed Wood and Ed­ward Scis­sorhands sit­ting un­com­fort­ably with un­der­whelm­ing remakes such as Char­lie and the Choco­late Fac­tory and Alice in Won­der­land. De­spite the ups and downs, the movies have all had a su­perb visual sense and that’s again the case with his adaptation of the lon­grun­ning 1960s gothic soapie. The dram­edy cen­tres on the Collins fam­ily – in par­tic­u­lar Depp’s Barn­abas – a vam­pire who, af­ter cen­turies im­pris­oned, re­turns to his fam­ily’s crum­bling es­tate to deal with his rel­a­tives’ dys­func­tion, re­vi­talise his once great fish­eries busi­ness and take his vengeance on a scorned ex- lover/ witch. De­spite pro­ceed­ings fail­ing to re­ally grab hold there is a play­ful sense of hu­mour from scene to scene as well as some won­der­fully ec­cen­tric per­for­mances. Depp de­liv­ers his usual campy rou­tine too but as the events un­fold you can’t help wish­ing for a richer, more ful­fill­ing story.

Ex­tras: ½ A quick- fire fea­turette with cast and crew in­ter­views chat­ting about the char­ac­ters.

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