Mina Harker: "Was she in great pain?"
Van Helsing: "Yeah, she was in great pain! Then we cut off her head, and drove a stake through her heart, and burned it, and then she found peace."
Francis Ford Coppola's version of the story of Dracula is very odd indeed. The tone is very uneven, often meandering into comedic territory while at other times into all out horror. Despite this, it works for some reason. I actually quite enjoyed the film.…
"No no no, not exactly...I just want to cut her head off and take out her heart."
A strikingly mad and beautiful mess of a movie. There's so much done wrong here that it's scary how much I still like it. Gary Oldman is completely bonkers here as Dracula, but the rest of the cast feels off. Hopkins seems like he dropped acid before every scene he shot, Ryder delivers some insanely cheesy dialogue throughout, and Reeves is just awful.…
The beginning is so inspired and unconventional, and the rest so conventional and muddled. The practical effects are all marvelous.
What an odd, odd movie but I'm very glad it exists.
It's very sensual, a bit bonkers, oddly structured, extremely weirdly cast and acted yet somehow it works and I enjoy it quite a bit.
I love how theatrical it is and the in camera effects are wonderful, that long armed coachman still unnerves me.
Gary Oldman was great. The rest of it was overblown, campy and unintentionally hilarious.
Is this really considered a "Classic"?
Blu-ray picture 8/10
Visually wonderful and boasting a downright spectacular production in every department, this Dracula adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola is a fantastic and Gothic delight of a film. Highlighted by the inspiredly creepy and mesmerizing performance by Gary Oldman in the title role, this was a movie I wasn't expecting much from, but in the end it profoundly surprised me, therefore becoming a truly rewarding experience. I don't usually like films with such a theatrical feeling to them, but this was a clear exception and I'm really glad it was.
-Better than most standard book adaptations of Bram Stoker's original novel, story-wise at least.
-Keanu Reeves is only terrible. Not even ok. His poor attempt at a British accent cuts in and out through out all of his scenes, and like he said himself, he just looks exhausted.
-The visual effects are poor and do not hold up well, even for the early 90's. This I imagine is due to the fact the FFC fired his effects team and had…
This is a tremendously interesting film in a lot of ways, from the design to the practical effects to the complex cinematography. Unfortunately, much of the casting makes it almost unbearable at times. Gary Oldman is great in some scenes, but his dialogue is unintelligible and he projects no sexual chemistry whatsoever. Keanu Reeves, obviously, is infamously bad; Winona Ryder, however, is almost worse on balance, given how much of the film she has to carry. The great Tom Waits…
Gary Oldman's crazy dress-up playhouse...
What a bombastic piece of filmmaking. I like when you watch a film and can tell that the minds behind the camera are not only supremely educated in the craft, but so technically proficient that they are able to capture the spirit of their own ambition. Cappola might have lost his mind a decade earlier, but he didn't lose his skill, and Dracula perfectly embodies that idea.
Sure, a lot of things in this film aren't all that good. Keanu…
The story is about a young lawyer travels to a gloomy eastern European village, where the local count, Dracula, takes an interest in him. He learns too late the count is a powerful vampire, one who would very much like take his wife-to-be, Mina, for his own. This movie has a cool Dracula and good make-up and good costumes.
Coppola continues his streak of disappointing films with this ambitious, but ultimately unsatisfying adaptation of Stoker's novel. It's a gorgeous looking film, but it suffers from three ultimately crippling problems.
1) The film is miscast. Some of the cast is just simply bad. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder deliver abysmal performances. Some are just not right for their parts ... notably Oldman, who is a fine actor, but just isn't right for this part.
2) The overly ornate melodramatic film…