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img.300.rise.of.an.empire10This film isn’t really a sequel, it’s more of a side piece. The action in this film is happening while and exactly after the events of the first 300 film are happening. This is the main issue with the film, you feel as if you simply know everything that is going to happen. Sullivan Stapleton plays the lead Athenian to stand up against the Persian army(well really Navy). The film has a chance to be something else but couldn’t help stay strapped to what the first film had done. The visuals and film style simply mimic Zack Snyder’s style from the first film.

First off the film has way too many slow motion scenes. In the first five minutes it stands out so much. The action is actually pretty solid across the board. There are a couple really solid action scenes across the board. I just dislike the over use of CGI blood and this movie LOVES CGI blood. Unlike the first film a lot of the movie is set on boats and that was interesting.

Even though Lena Headey shows up here and there in the film to make speeches and to remind us this film is a sequel. The real stand out and star here is Eva Green who actually plays the main villain. Even though she is in most of the movie I wanted even more of her. She’s beyond sexy and she obviously enjoyed her character and dialogue and we the audience benefit. The main issue is you start to like her so much you end up rooting for her. She also has hands down one of the best sex scenes I’ve ever seen on screen.

The film over all minus Green is just average. It would have been fun if they tried to show how different the Athenians were compared to the Spartans. In the first movie we’re told over and over again how intense the Spartans were and how war hungry they were as well. It kind of made sense why each warrior was ripped and they all had six packs. The Athenians here all look like Spartans, barely any clothes, all ripped with full on six packs, yet were told they are farmers and artists, okay sure. The movie seems like a pointless add on that simply doesn’t stand up to the first. See it for Eva Green and that is all.

Rating: 5/10


This film doesn’t know what it wants to be, one thing is clear and that is that this film is one of Tim Burton’s weakest. The plot follows Barnabas Collins(Johnny Depp), who after spurning the affections of his main Angelique(Eva Green), he sadly finds out she is a witch. She makes the love of his life kill herself and then transforms him into a vampire so he may suffer forever, then leaves him buried in a casket. Two hundred years pass and it’s not 1972, he is dug up by some unfortunate construction workers who Barnabas feeds on once he is freed. He returns to his family home which is now belongs to the family matriarch Elizabeth(Michelle Pfeiffer), her brother(Johnny Lee Miller) and his son David, her daughter(Chloe Moretz) and their psychiatrist(Helena Bonham Carter). He finds our Angelique is still alive and has been tormenting the family for the last two hundred years.

The movie was based off the wildly popular 70’s soap also named Dark Shadows. The film though could have been a great movie if it didn’t have so much on its plate. There is simply too much here. The film starts off like a fish out of water comedy, but has horror elements, action elements and everything else all jammed inside. It’s so much to bounce off of that the movie never settles down, it just rushes to the third act and then it ends. They needed to decide what the film was instead of trying to give us a full plate. The sad thing is that there is a lot of good within the ramble.

Johnny Depp is hilarious, he plays this character just so right that it’s simply fun to watch. Eva Green is also a joy to watch as she eats up her over the top villain dialogue. Visually the film is beautiful and fun to look at many times. This is not enough to hold on to though, the film should have just focused on the family, they were fun and interesting. Instead we get them only in little snippets, at no time does it feel like a family. Depp and Green are so good together it’s hard to say that I almost wish that story line was cut out. A simple gothic fish out of water/family comedy would have really worked.

The worst part of this film is the “love story” which is so badly done it just brings the movie crashing to the ground. We meet Victoria who I guess is a reincarnation of his lost love, but yet she and Depp get less than I’d say five minutes of screen time together. First off they are odd looking since she looks like she’s around twenty years old and Depp is forty. But they never give the love story any time to grow, yet we’re suppose to care. It’s so badly handled and just a waste of time.

Another huge problem is Barnabas is not very sympathetic, he sleeps with women and doesn’t care. He murders over twenty people. The movie simply shrugs this off which I found odd. Like I said before there is no balance. We get jokes, then death, then a cute set piece, than a third act filled with action. It just never really works. I really wish Burton just picked one direction and stuck with it. If he did we would have a beautiful and most likely great film. As it stands you’ll find yourself scratching your head at many scenes.

It’s a shame because with all the talent in front of and behind the camera, this should have been knocked out of the park. Instead it’s just a mess. Now there are bright spots, some set pieces are great, Depp and Green are a lot of fun. The film even winks at a possible sequel which I doubt will ever see. I say that because even though it’s a Burton film, it doesn’t feel like he put everything into this. It’s a shame really it could have been so much more.

Rating: 5/10