Dracula Untold, with Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon & Charles Dance. Director, Gary Shore. The first thing I heard on the radio last night, was a terrible review, on a childish alternative station. Undeterred, I wanted to see Evans & Cooper. I was not disappointed. A superior film with excellent actors, all.
Evans is very human & non-apologetic as Vlad Dracula. Who deals with a devil to fend off the Muslim Hordes of the day. His earnest, very English portrayal, of the historical figure morphed to literary legend, was second only to Gary Oldman’s Dracula a couple of decades ago. Time goes by, so quickly.
The movie was direct & to the point. Not quite a Lord of the Rings spectacle; but very nearly; with no pause or respite. The VFX graphics were superb & dialogue between the characters was rationed. I found Evans & Gadon’s internal controversies to be fascinating & the focus on violence as a way to stop the then, unstoppable.
While Cooper & Dance are secondary figures on the screen their incarnations as devils, each, were admirable & blended nicely – not overtaking – Evans & the plot.
I’m not a big vampire fan. Preferring zombies & their rot, to the infectious goo of blood. However; a giant film about the origins of Dracula wasn’t something I would have missed. The trailers didn’t lie & Evans pulled out the stops to finally get his big, singular role.
I do recommend this film. Those that laugh at Lugosi & other Nosferatu should be pleased with this one. Let’s save Mina for last, shall we? This is the prologue to Vlad’s great modern adventures.