Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Movie Reviewer Andy McKinney can't ignore the fact that Johnny Depp is a blood sucking vampire in Dark Shadows


Andy says, "Special effects cannot carry a film.  Good acting cannot carry a film alone.  Even good writing cannot carry a film absent other necessary ingredients.  Films are stories told visually.  For a story to hold our attention, the leading character must be someone we can like.  The challenge for Burton, Depp and the writers was to make Barnabas Collins, the vampire, into someone we like, someone we can identify with.  But in order to like Barnabas we have to ignore the fact that he is a blood sucking vampire.  We have to ignore the fact that he is a mass and serial murderer.  In the end, I just couldn’t do it.  But I still liked the movie for the grand professionalism of everyone involved."

For Andy's comments and showtimes at the Sawmill Theatre in Payson go to the Payson Daily Bugle's Movie Review Page.

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