A pale shadow
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.