Johnny Depp along with the rest of the cast of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows hit the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of the movie on Monday, just as some harsh reviews roll in for the film rehashed from a 1960's gothic soap opera.
Michelle Pfeiffer, 54, dazzled on the red carpet wearing a short gold Lanvin dress and necklace by designer sister-in-law Rona Pfeiffer, according to The Sun. Bella Heathcote chose a white dress for the premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood while Chloe Moretz donned a navy blue mini dress. Eva Green donned a gunmetal gray beaded turtleneck gown and a heavy smoky eye for the occasion. Depp, of course, kept it casual with a simple black suit, aviators and multiple beaded necklaces.
There have been only a few reviews for the film which opens on Friday, but so far, majority have been quite harsh, namely from Variety who discredited the film's emanation of the original cult-classic 1960's television series written by Dan Curtis.
Outfitting ABC's cult-worshipped, occult-themed soap opera with super-slick production values and a tone that veers unsteadily between kooky comedy and gothic horror, this bizarre but weirdly bloodless retro-camp exercise is neither funny nor eerie enough to seduce the uninitiated, and will court bemused reactions at best from the series' still-estimable fan following, Variety wrote. The result is a picture too rude and out-there to reproduce the show's particular pleasures, yet too stilted and tame by contempo standards to deliver much of a bite.
The film, as review by Variety, is largely mirthless fish-out-of-water jokes which strand the film somewhere between Austin Powers and Addams Family.
According to Variety, the eighth time was not the charm for Depp and Burton, who have worked together on such films as Edward Scissorhands and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Few director-star partnerships are as consistently eccentric or malleable as that of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, but even loyalists will detect an odor of mothballs clinging to their eighth bigscreen collaboration, 'Dark Shadows,' Variety wrote.
However, Variety did have some kind words for Depp, along with co-star Eva Green.
Depp just about holds it all together, unsurprisingly emerging as the pic's most reliable element, Variety's review read. Green plays the character with memorably witchy flair, projecting a mix of brassy humor and diabolical attitude the rest of the film only intermittently achieves.
Other viewers seemed to agree, as movie review websites like Rotten Tomatoes begin to gather up all of the very few reviews out there as of Tuesday. So far, the five reviewed results in a 5.2 out of 10 rating for Dark Shadows.
There were only a handful of genuine laughs... and that puts it on a par with Scary Movie 3, wrote ABC Radio Brisband host Matthew Toomey.
Though sporting director Tim Burton's usual visual flair, the film nonetheless suffers from the same lack of narrative focus that has haunted his other recent offerings, wrote Tome Grierson of Screen International.
The new film featuring Johnny Depp also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, and Gulliver McGrath and is directed by Burton and hits theaters May 11.
The official film synopsis from Warner Bros. Pictures reads:
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England, to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet -- or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy ... until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.
Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.
View the slideshow to see photos of the red carpet for the Dark Shadows premiere in Los Angeles.