My wife and I hit the local drive in this weekend to catch the Avengers. It was the second movie in a triple feature. The first of the three was the new Tim Burton comedy, Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonom Carter, based on the British* TV show of the same name. Dark Shadows is a convoluted, unfunny, cliche driven mess of a film. Depp delivers his usual pale faced eccentric performance that has become require of him in every Tim Burton film. Sure, the movie is visually stunning, the soundtrack actually fairly decent ( the movie is set in the 1970s ) but the script and direction are so bad it creates a physical reaction...and not a good one. Predictable almost from the start, the Burton decides to throw in a few twists at the end without giving even a hint of what's coming making those twists ridiculous and out of synch with the rest of the picture. I actually said aloud...more than once..."This movie is awful!" during the film itself. If I were to rate it on a scale from 1 to 10, it would receive a negative 7. I haven't seen anything this bad since I was forced to sit through Rosanne Barrs movie, She-Devil. Luckily, the Avengers was good so the night wasn't a total loss. The third movie was Lockout starring Guy Pierce but it was 1am when Avengers finished, and morning comes early so we skipped it and went home. *Correction: Dark Shadows was an American show airing on ABC, not a British show as I originally posted.