Movie 411: Dracula Untold

Spoiler Alert: there are spoilers

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I’m not going to lie. I’ve been waiting for this movie since I saw the trailer earlier in the year. I love origin stories and I was really interested in how they were going to tie in Dracula and Vlad. I was stoked!

I went opening night and … well, I wasn’t completely disappointed, but I wasn’t thrilled either. Let me break it down.

The acting wasn’t too bad. Luke Evans did a great job. It’s hard for me to think of him as anyone but Aramis and Dracula didn’t ruin that image for me. He did a good job portraying Vlad/Dracula. I haven’t really seen any of Sarah Gadon’s work to recognize her, but I thought she did a pretty good job as Mirena. Being married to a guy like Vlad couldn’t have been easy, but she did seem to have a feisty spirit herself. Gadon did great. I also though Dominic Cooper did a great job portraying Mehmed. Gosh, Mehmed irritated me! Anyway, the acting was pretty good.

The graphics were pretty cool too. The film relied heavily on graphics, a lot of them, so … make of it what you will but everything, IMHO, was done tastefully. Correct me if I’m wrong, please. My favorite scene with graphics is when Mirena was falling from the tower and Vlad jumps to save her. I thought that was nicely done. So, graphics were ok.

I guess you can see what shaved some points off? The storyline. Right off the bat I’m going to say I had no idea what to expect from this movie. The only thing I knew was that it was going to be an origin story. But something just didn’t click for me. I’ve been mulling it over the past few weeks and I got nothing. Vlad is this fierce and ruthless warrior. I mean, he impaled people. That I get. His people was threatened by some arrogant king who just had to show everyone who’s in charge. He couldn’t leave well alone. I guess I could see that. Desperate, Vlad seeks out a rumored monster in the mountains and becomes a vampire to protect his people.

I get all that, but it just didn’t click as I thought it would. The tag line is “every bloodline has a beginning” and yet, Vlad wasn’t the beginning. He received the curse from another vampire, who we’re still not certain the name, so that means this wasn’t truly the beginning then, was it? The beginning of this bloodline would be the monster, not Vlad.

I’m not sure if that’s the only thing I found disappointing. The plot, I felt could have been presented differently? I don’t know. Overall it just seemed to be a little weak. A little … flat? Does that make sense?

Other than that I liked it. As I mentioned, not a complete disappointment, but not thrilled either. I wouldn’t buy the DVD to add to my collection, but I’d watch it again. If only to see if I could make sense on why I was a tad bit disappointment.

What are your thoughts? Do you like this version your thoughts produced?

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