A fairly standard genre entry. Burton and Depp partner together for the eighth time to bring us a fairly funny but often uneven and meandering tale of Barnabas Collins and his family dynasty. Some of the supporting characters get lost in the flabby middle section, but the final act is filled with enough weirdness to hold your attention.
A solid entry, but nothing overly new or spectacular. It lacks the genuine hilarity of the first movie (think the examination scenes), and I personally miss Frank the pug. Things are kept brisk and light however, and Josh Brolin is outstanding as young agent K. The last fifteen minutes also offer some more emotionally charged moments that the series hasn’t attempted before and for the most part is successful.
A mostly un-engaging, emotionally detached tale that although looks amazing, never feels real. The mid-section strives for Lord of the Ringesque visuals and texture, but none of the characters offer much engagement, emotional depth or humour. Hemsworth embodies the role as best he could, but none of the dialogue has any spark to it, and Stewart, as much as I love her needs to do something different. What I once believed to be a great performance of a broken, insecure girl, turns out to just be the only thing she can do. Crack a smile damnit!