Ah, nothing like leaping into the boat just as it leaves the dock, but happy to arrive at the last minute to contribute at least a smidgen of thought.
Yes, I am from that era and I watched Dark Shadows a little bit, not faithfully as some others did. I've always had limited tolerance for stories that spin their wheels, and basically for me a soap opera is a soap opera no matter what costume it wears.
That said, I completely loved Burton's Dark Shadows
. Man, does he catch the time! From that beginning......"Nights in white satin, through to all the visual kitsch, it was magnificent. Adored the script! And the actors, every one of them, was sheer perfection, especially Chloe Moretz. My daughter has memorized the scene between Carolyn and Barnabas in her bedroom. Birthing hips! Who comes up with this stuff? It's a jewel of a movie!!
This is one that's going to be remembered over the long haul. It's a shame it hit the theaters during such an impossibly awful period of regrettable and hopefully forgettable movies. I think our collective brains have been fried by amusement park trash of late, and when something truly stellar comes along that doesn't pound us senseless, it takes awhile for us to sit up and notice: Say? That was a good movie, wasn't it?
What an age this is -- and unfortunately I don't mean a great age for cinema.