Dracula Untold was a big surprise for me. I didn’t expect it to be good. Being a fan of the horror genre, this supernatural movie had a good mixture of action and adventure that did well to my liking. We get to hear more about Vlad instead of Dracula, or how he became Dracula. Here is the breakdown of Dracula Untold.
Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Fast & Furious 6)
Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, Aliens 3)
Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter)
Sarah Gadon (The Moth Diaries)
What did I like about it?
It was a totally new and different take on Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula. It wasn’t too campy nor was it cheesy. I also liked the fact that the movie wasn’t too gothic and romanticized. Really liked how he wanted to stay human during the transformation. The fight to keep his family (and people) safe made it that part worth it. I’ve heard that some people are talking about his powers being too superhero like. It doesn’t bother me to that extent, but I could see where they would make that argument. I enjoyed it.
What didn’t I like about it?
Charles Dance’s character didn’t have a name other than “Master Vampire”. Though I liked the character and how he fit into the story, not having a name is bothersome and cheap. With that said, the very end of the movie where you see him again, he goes to say “and so it begins” or something like that gives the film a wide open chance of a sequel. For a movie like this you don’t really need a sequel. This could stand alone without having sequels that could tarnish the Dracula name.
Would I buy/watch again?
Yes, I actually would. I’ve always been a fan of horror and paranormal/supernatural movies. Vampire movies are very close to the genre if anything. It is definitely worth having in my collection.
Favorite part (if any)?
The first scene that really pops in my head when thinking of a favorite part would have to be when he was creating his vampire army which leads into the last battle. Shit. Got. Real. The only other part that also stood out was when he showed off his newly found powers in the battle for Castle Dracula while he was protecting his family and people.
As long as you’re a fan of vampire stories and movies, yes. Even if you’re a fan of action and adventure movies, you will enjoy this movie. Truly, any and all should give this movie a chance. I know when the trailer first hit, people were just turned off by the idea or for other different reasons.
When I first watched the trailer a year or so ago, I wasn’t too enthralled. I don’t know where the urge came from to rent it but I’m happy I did. Luke Evans did a better job than I expected as Vlad/Dracula and I almost didn’t recognize Dominic Cooper. Now, could there be more in the making? Possibly. Is it necessary? No. The Hollywood Horror Legends are considered classic for a reason. The reboot idea in general may sound good initially but there is that chance that it may not work. This movie was lucky and I consider it a success.