Vicki Dolley writes: "Tim Burton’s latest, Dark Shadows, is very hit-and-miss. Having never seen the cult-hit original gothic soap opera, it is hard to tell how much Burton was trying to emulate the show but the principal problem with this production is that it has no real focus. The opening is a very typical Burton piece – a very gothic, dark tale of legends, curses and black magic. But once the film opens in the setting of 1972, the focus shifts to a cheesier vibe of 1970s-style comedy that doesn’t work with Burton’s darker, gothic vision. Whilst dark comedy can be a delightful piece of entertainment in general, within this context the two are completely separately worlds that do not compliment one another."