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Should you watch this movie? Well, I’m a bit undecided. I had high hopes for this one, but it was not what I expected. It is visually nice and the story promising, but it’s, in the end, a bit blah!

Barnabas Collins is a wealthy playboy, part of a family in the fishing business in 18th century Collinsport, US. He goes around breaking hearts until he meets the beautiful Josette. Unfortunately, he broke the heart of the wrong girl, Angelique, who is secretly a witch and puts a curse on him that turns him into a vampire. Chained to a coffin and buried for 200 years, Barnabas resurfaces in 1972 and aims to restore the honor of the Collins family and its descendants, currently living in the most peculiar of situations.

The movie plot is based on a soap opera from the 60s and Johnny Depp, who plays Barnabas always wanted to play this character. He took this opportunity in this, his latest collaboration with director Tim Burton and an all-star studded cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Johnny Lee Miller, Chloe Grace Moretz, and cameos by Christophe Lee and Alice Cooper.

Johnny Depp does his best to keep the plot afloat, he delivers most of the comedic lines from the movie and his interaction with Eva Green, in all her devishly charm, plays well throughout the stotry, however; those two performances are not enough to salvage the film, and in the end, falls flat.

It is not a bad movie. The visuals are great and you can quickly identify the Tim Burton style everywhere. But it misses some “panache” so to speak and you find yourself often waiting for that something truly awesome. It never comes. The tone is pretty monotonous for the most part, which is a pity.

Another thing I had high expectations for was the cast,and except for the afored mentioned, the other roles were pretty unremarkable. Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Grace Moretz are both brilliant actors with proven comedic ability, but the script called for a pretty boring and simple role for the former and a rather dark and somber role (with no wit or quirk whatsoever) for the later.

So, to summarize, not impressed. Maybe a sequel could be better?

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