How did it take me something like 15 years to finally see this? It’s wonderful… even better because it’s held up perfectly. Animation like this has progressed quite a bit, but this looks like it came out yesterday. Everyone involved with this movie made a classic.
Having never watched the old Dark Shadows TV show, I can only take this movie at its face value. It was at its best when it focused on the characters… and at those times, it was fine. But, when it delved into big hollywood action? It just didn’t seem to fit. Perhaps it would have been better to just mock the action it was trying to portray – like having part of the set fall over or something.. you know, break that 4th wall?
Also, the end was just silly – the girl is a werewolf? It’s just needless over-the-top idiocy that detracts from the rest of it. I mean, I realize the whole endeavor was supposed to be silly… but that bit just didn’t make sense. The character didn’t need to be a werewolf; it completely changed the movie.
But, it had its moments, and for that, it’s worth watching if you’re into this sort of thing.
I kind of liked Johnny Depp’s little “antics” in this movie, but the rest of it didn’t really mean much to me. Can two different types of weirdos find love simply due to the fact that they’re both unusual? I don’t know maybe it could work with these two. It seemed that “Johnny” was the only person that Joon wouldn’t “co crazy” on, and Joon was the only person that accepted “Johnny” as a real person.
Great performance by Johhny Depp. There were many moments in this movie where I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. Those are precious moments. You just gotta root for Ed!
Chop chop! A film that everybody can kind-of like. Winona Ryder in her heyday… Johnny Depp doing his thing… Tim Burton doing his thing…
Wow… Who are these people who say that Terry Gilliam can’t tell a story? They’re completely clueless. This story has depth, imagination, originality, deep themes, a sweeping span, rhythm, color, mood, lessons about humanity, and more. It’s movies like this that make my dreams seem dull.
John Waters meets Grease.
One of those movies that I rented simply because of the hype – wasn’t expecting much. It was wonderful movie – everything I secretly hoped it would be. In a way, it was like a modern-day fairy tale. One of those movies that puts you in a good mood without resorting to the usual predictable “hollywood tactics”. btw: I had thought this was a French movie, but it is in English… just set in France. I did have one question though, did they really have cellophane wrapping in 1950’s rural France? I would think the shop would be more likely to use paper wrappings…
Blood. So much blood, it’s not even blood. So much anger, it’s not even anger. So much revenge it’s not even revenge. Tim Burton can tend to hit or miss. He really hit with this one – everything came together perfectly. Same deal with Johnny Depp – when he’s good, he’s really good…
Really stylish. I liked the one-dimensional Hessian bad guy. He doesn’t dick around, just “off with their heads” and that’s about it. As for the “whodunnit” plot…? It was good enough, but not spectacular or anything.
Arrrgh! there be pirates among ye lads! and they be dastardly, cursed, bloodthirsty pirates! Yup, it’s full of cliches, but who cares… there are lots of fun characters, swordfights, plot twists, and good old fashion fun to keep even the most sturdy landlubber entertained. Say ya didn’t like it & I’ll make ya walk the plank! Arrrgh!
One of those classic horror movies that spawned endless lame sequels. Why is it that horror movies spawn sequels? What is it about the genre? I really have no idea.
Wow, Johnny Depp was in this? Go figure…
Very cool. This is the only movie I can think of which was shot completely in “real time” – a minute in the movie was a minute real time. What a neat idea. It really brings out the urgency of the decision-making process that Johnny Depp needs to go through.
A couple guys go to Las Vegas, do tons of drugs, trash hotel rooms, get in and out of trouble, and leave. If this sounds cool, then you’ll like this movie. I can’t imagine that a movie with this plot and script could have been done any better. It’s based on a book which I never read, so I can’t compare it to anything. it was a nice escape for a little while… now I feel like I don’t have to ‘do way too many drugs and go to Las Vegas’, I can just watch this movie instead.