Saturday, May 12, 2012
Dark Shadows -- A Review
Michelle Pfeiffer played her role well as Barnabas' cousin Elizabeth, but then Pfeiffer hardly ever makes a wrong move as an actress. Eva Green was devilishly good in the role of Angelique, mincing no words with Barnabas and coming off effectively as the bad girl in the plot. I also enjoyed watching Jackie Earle Haley play Willie, a handyman-turned-servant to Barnabas. Haley was one of my favorite actors on Human Target, an action/drama TV series stupidly axed by Fox in 2011 after two years of Emmy-nominated episodes. (It's all about numbers, folks, and even 6+ million viewers a week wasn't good enough for money-hungry Fox.)
I haven't seen Donna since our graduation day many, many years ago. But it's nice to know she lived her dream and earned the success for which she worked so hard. I'm betting she went to see Dark Shadows this weekend too (unless she was one of the lucky ones to see a preview), and I'll bet it brought back a lot of memories for her. The '70's were a weird and wild time. It seems appropriate that Dark Shadows has become almost a symbol of the experimentation that marked our culture from the mid '60's through much of the '70's. If you remember the Dark Shadows of that bygone era, you'll enjoy seeing this latest adaptation with -- in my opinion -- a much superior version of Barnabas Collins.