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I don't get this blatant hate on Tim Burton's Dark Shadows remake.

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by , 28th March 2012 at 03:10 AM (2288 Views)
First of all, you should know that I'm a open Burtonist and pretty much in favor of everything he produces. I AM BIASED IN HIS FAVOR. Helena Bonham Carter is my favorite actress, and I could probably recognize their children in a crowd. When a new Burton/Depp/Bonham-Carter collaboration is announced, the consistent anticipation is basically the highlight of my year. I'm already working on reserving tickets to the midnight premiere at what I was told is the largest IMAX screen in North America.

But still, I feel inclined to point out the absolute blatant hate that this movie is getting for no reason, and before it is even out. Honestly, this feels like another case of the Wind Waker effect, like when The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was degraded by supposed "hardcore" fans before it even was released, due to its cel-shaded graphics style which some fans immediately regarded as a (quote) "baby-easy kiddie game." The game turned out to be one of the most difficult in the entire series.

I think the Dark Shadows situation can be applied to this effect also. People constantly recite the proverb "don't judge a book by its cover" but then turn around and proceed to do just that. You cannot judge an entire film by its trailer and two one minute-or-less TV spot ads. Are these fans of the original soap opera who are pissed that the film seems to encompass lots of eccentric humor? Given that Johnny Depp was cast as an out-of-place vampire in a 1970's anachronism-stew setting, I ask what they were really expecting. Aside from this, Tim has also publicly stated that he approaches everything in a serious manner, and humor falls in along the way. He even opts "for gonzo comedy that should please many, but may rile, fans of the original soap opera."

The comedy situation was also, at least in my opinion, probably played up by the marketing department. Obviously, comedy is the number one appeal for a summer movie in terms of box office. Their angle has got to be along the lines of "Oh look everybody, Johnny Depp is being silly again just like in all those wacky Pirates of the Caribbean shenanigans!" From what I can tell from the movie posters, Tim has given the film a dark gothic horror theme much like the original series, and sloshed on lots of fun black comedy. I.e., what he does great in all of his films. Just look:



The ambition here really looks like playing the film up to the notion that Tim's intention was to stay true to the soap opera, and add his own imaginative twists. I really don't think the film should be something to be lumped in with the other terrible romantic comedies that are bound to hit the screen this summer, along with what, probably a bunch of old films in 3D, or sequels.

The people primarily complaining about this films because of its originality are surely the same people who were overtly satisfied with the somewhat run-of-the-mill Alice in Wonderland a few years. Did they really want a carbon copy of the soap opera? Have we transcended to that whole new level of film mediocrity yet? I hope not. As a Burtonophile and Helenaist, it's difficult and sad to think about it from that perspective.

The hate I just can't comprehend. Be happy with a new Tim/Johnny/Helena collaboration, honestly. Beggars can't be choosers.

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  1. Winged Psychic's Avatar
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    I thought Tim could do no wrong, and then I saw the Alice in Wonderland movie that I liked until she actually went to Wonderland. Not that it was bad or anything, it just seemed to me that it had compromised too much of it's original vision.
  2. Karamazov's Avatar
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    Yeah, I'm not hopeful for this remake at all, simply because it's a Tim Burton thing, whch are usually 'oh so grimdark and edgy' angstpieces made to appeal to Hot Topic customers.

    >Johnny Depp is in this remake

    OH, WHAT A SURPRISE.
    GatoRage likes this.
  3. $aturn¥oshi's Avatar
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    I'm going to try to see it.
  4. Dewgong Reign's Avatar
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    I'm very excited.

    @Karamazov You can't really generalize like that. Even as the huge Burton fan I am, I still have trouble telling emo kids apart from each other. I make it a point to avoid being a stereotype or cliche at all costs. So I'm happy with his work for the imagination, not the angst. I'll admit I love the dark comedy though, and he is great at that.

    It also shouldn't be a surprise at all anymore that Johnny and Helena are in it. Everybody seems to have unofficially acknowledged that Tim succumbs to nepotism, his close friend Johnny Depp often in his movies with his civil partner Helena BC. This is why I find it hilarious how, looking back, they hard-pressed Helena to audition and prove her ability with the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, in order to dispell rumors of nepotism on his part. Because by the time Alice came out, almost everybody had accepted that they will both be in his movies often simply because they're all close friends. xD But also amazing actors. I mean come one, the films are still fantastic imo.
  5. Karamazov's Avatar
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    Fair enough. But I don't find Johnny Depp to be an enjoyable actor at all, and I generally feel most of his movies are pretty much generic dark and edgy crap trying to be cool.
  6. GatoRage's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karamazov
    Fair enough. But I don't find Johnny Depp to be an enjoyable actor at all, and I generally feel most of his movies are pretty much generic dark and edgy crap trying to be cool.
    He is ridiculously good in Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas though. But yeah, he's annoying in the Pirates crap-fests and most of the Burton flicks.

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