Year of Release: 2012
Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Grace Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, Christopher Lee, Alice Cooper
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7
The always fantastic Tim Burton has found another suitable vehicle for his universe in the character of Barnabas Collins. Barnabas is a man at odds with the reality, in a time that has evolved beyond him, of behaviors of those who surround him that he does not recognize. The 1970s may as well be a completely different universe for the hero of this story. As usual in his more personal projects, Tim Burton's heroes are individuals of a certain singularity, possessed of an innocence that also has a darker, hidden tone. Barnabas is no exception - he longs to be reunited with his long lost love, but he is also a vampire (a monster as he describes himself) who kills when needed. The script of the film is filled with great characters, from the delicious Angelique, brought to life in a great performance by Eva Green, to Dr. Julia Hoffman, who Helena Bonham Carter portrays as usual with an ironic twist that is unforgettable. The film however belongs to Johnny Depp, who is simply superb as Barnabas - he makes the character simultaneously endearing, funny and frightening. The film is an overall treat, filled with great humor and attention to detail. A film worth watching.