Flash Movie Review: Dracula Untold

Sometimes I wish I could have seen the earlier years of a person I have known or recently met. An individual, no matter how hard they have tried, will still act out a particular way based on past interactions from their life. I am sure all of us have had times where we silently wondered why a person was acting a certain way. It could be something as benign as not liking candles or as wicked as mercilessly teasing a cat or dog. I knew someone who rarely gave an opinion about anything. Being asked where they wanted to eat or what movie to see, they could not voice their thoughts, only say whatever or it did not matter. It wasn’t until I happened to meet their parent that I finally saw the reason why they were acting that way. The parent was overbearing and quick to belittle their child. My curiosity goes beyond people in the present; I would enjoy finding out what transpired with historical people, like Napoleon or Catherine the Great, that influenced or molded them that has not been told in our history books. Purely for entertainment value, I find taking liberties with a known character or actual person an acceptable form; look at the success of Wicked, the story about how the Wicked Witch of the West came to be.    VLAD III dubbed Vlad the Impaler, played by Luke Evans (Immortals, Fast & Furious III), was an ideal candidate to use to create an action fantasy backstory. Protective of his family and subjects, not wanting to see the children of his kingdom experience what he had as a child, Vlad would have to look beyond his kingdom if he was going to repel the Sultan Mehmed, played by Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double, Need for Speed). His search would lead to a force that could even overpower him. The idea for this dramatic story was appealing to me and I found the opening scenes compelling. Joining Luke and Dominic was Charles Dance (Game of Thrones-TV, Gosford Park) as Master Vampire; all three had a strong screen presence. The special effects were not the greatest but were darkly fun to watch. With a good start it was all the more disappointing that the script got sillier and sillier as the film progressed. Seriously, I was stunned that the writers thought the idea of a blindfolded army going into battle was a good idea. Add in the trendy haircut for Dominic’s character Mehmed and this was a movie sorely lacking the guts for a great backstory. There were multiple scenes that had blood and violence.

 

1 3/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 14, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I don’t think I’ll be giving this a view, even at matinee price. The more I started seeing the trailer, the less anticipation I had. Great review.

  2. Yeah. Interesting premise, terribly executed.

  3. Having seen an extended trailer for this movie, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen all the best bits anyway. I might watch it when it comes to the small screen but it wouldn’t get my cinema funds.

  4. Haha, totally agree re the blindfolded army. That was daft. I caught this earlier today. The first two thirds, I did not enjoy at all. The final third, whilst flawed, I thought actually worked quite well as an origin film payoff.

  5. Okay, don’t hate me – but I loved it – maybe because of Luke Evans, maybe because it did not make Dracula a terrible villain? From a ladies point of view, I found it rather exciting. No egg throwing, please. Just giving you a personal view. I reviewed this on my blog also. You probably laughed at my review, but I loved the movie. Sorry folks! Lots of love, Emiy

    • How could I possible hate you? Could never happen Emily. I am so glad you found enjoyment with this film, agreeing with you regarding Luke and the stylized killing. Thanks for sharing your views, I always appreciate it from you. Best regards.

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