Oh shit, son! You have just entered another dimension, a dimension not only of text and pictures, but of madness. You have embarked on a journey into a lunatic's mind. Check your sanity at the door--you're in the Land of Way!
Monday, February 2, 2015
Short Attention Span Review: Dracula Untold (2014)
I've got a lot of love for all things Dracula, and lately that equates to being harshly critical of the way that brand is utilized. In my personal opinion, the ill-fated television show that hit the scene in 2013 was maybe the worst television show that I've ever watched--and that's not hyperbole. I hated that shit. So, I have to admit that I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Dracula Untold. The previews had promise, but the approach bothered me. Yes, this is Dracula as an anti-hero, and there's a definite comic book feel to the piece, but what can I say? It worked, and most importantly, it was entertaining. Luke Evans was a quality Drac, and the effects and the direction were worthy of the Count. I thought the sets were gorgeous and the mood and atmosphere really did the job. Okay, so it's a far cry from Coppola's version, but as a fresh take it never stood any real chance of challenging a faithful adaptation of Stoker's timeless tale. In the end, Dracula Untold fully realized its potential; it wasn't destined for greatness, but it did a great job of delivering upon its cooky premise. Bonus points: it will leave you longing for a sequel. That's always a good sign for a fresh take on a beloved property.
Final Grade: B
Look out--some damn fool has gone and pissed Dracula off!