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Inventive, funny, affectionate, playful and goofily endearing, if not quite to to the greatest of the Burton-Depp films
on May 12, 2016
Given it's less than stellar reputation I was surprised and pleased to find that, while this was not up to the greatest of Burton/Depp collaborations like Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood, it's still enjoyable, fun, witty and playful stuff.
Depp, as always is terrific, making Barnabas Collins a figure of fun, but also finding some real pathos beneath the camp in this tale of a courtly, gentlemanly, love-sick vampire set free after 200 years buried underground., While this remake of the 70s supernatural soap opera is intentionally kitschy, and light on story, the characters, dialogue, use of music, and supporting performances are all very enjoyable. In making fun of the 1970s from which it sprang, Burton and Depp never lose their sense of affection for what they’re making fun of -- and that’s long been their strong suit. (Think of Ed Wood, a film about arguably the worst film-maker of all tine, and how kindly and empathetic it was underneath all the kidding).
This got mixed reviews, and probably being being under hyped helps when you see it. This is not a great film. But it is a goofily endearing one, and Depp adds another wonder to his ever growing list of unforgettable characters.