If it's crap ... We'll tell you
As most of you can tell from my profile picture. I am a fan of Dracula. Dracula is one of my all-time favorite books. I’ve loved the story since freshmen year of high school. I got the honor of playing Harker last month in Dracula. So obviously I love watching movies about Dracula. Well some of them at least. I’m looking at you Dracula 2000. So what is my favorite Dracula movie? It is not the classic 1932 film. It is Bram Stokers Dracula
I love Bram Stokers Dracula! It is actually one of my all-time favorite movies. I think it is a great adaptation of the book. It doesn’t pull a Hobbit and put about every single page that was in the book into the movie. But it doesn’t pull a Harry Potter or Hunger Games and leave out big details from the book. It is a perfect balance in my opinion.
I won’t give you the full story, but I’ll give you the load down. It’s the typical Dracula story. A business man named Jonathan Harker, played by Keanu Reeves Goes to Transylvania to do business with Count Dracula. As in the book Harker is kept there against his will and sees how messed up Dracula actually is. The story also has to deal the Dracula wanting Harker’s wife to be Mina Murray who he thinks is the reincarnation of his dead lover.
Gary Oldman as Dracula was perfect casting. He plays Dracula with a thick accent and plays it good. They kept Dracula character true to the book. Dracula may be evil, but his reasons of wanting Mina are kind of justify. He loved her past life to death and just wants her back. Oldman is hands down the best Dracula and I don't see anybody besting him anytime soon. Why Oldman didn't a Oscar nomination is beyond me. They also keep Renfield’s and Van Helsing’s character true to the book. Even though Helsing is a little over the top. But Hopkin's still gives a good performance. Now let’s look at the elephant in the room, Keanu Reeves. There are two types of people in this world. People who think Reeve’s is a terrible actor or people who think he’s good when given the right role. Now I wouldn’t say we were terrible as Harker, but he wouldn’t be my first choice. He did a okay enough job to make it acceptable.
I really don’t have any problems with the movie besides a few hiccups. I think this movie is a little underrated. I feel that people tend to stray away from this movie because of Keanu Reeves. I wish more people would give the movie a chance. I think for the next Dracula movie they make, they should make it how this was made. An adaptation of the book, that stays true to its roots. So please can Eli Roth not direct the next one. He'll just destroy the source material.
So have you seen the movie? Do you agree that the movie is underrated? Comment and tell me.
And I just realized this doesn't have subtitles. Sorry about that.
I'll be darned, it posted this time. Anyway, I was asked to post my DVDs, so I posted a shot of my folders and then my Dracula DVDs. Missing is the two-disc Coppola DVD that is in another folder somewhere. Also that single Nosferatu was a public domain version with a weird German metal score (not the best). I originally tried to post this after the comment requesting a photo but I kept getting errors. So here it is, wherever it ends up on this thread.
Nosferatu is the best.