Though the film is titled Bram Stoker's Dracula, it contains major alterations to the original novel. While Stoker portraits the vampire as a creatures without emotions, Francis Ford Coppola adds a romantic story line, between Dracula and Mina.
This might irritate the literature loving viewer but is in fact what creates the true fascination here, as one feels pity for the monster—also thanks to an overwhelming acting performance from Gary Oldman who depicts the dark lord evenly friendly-loving and deeply demonical.
There is still much left to say—but in the end it is one of the most emotional classic vampire films I watched so far.
Baumbach and Gerwig manage to bring a surgery of today's society on screen, a portrait of a world where existence sleeps with banalities. It’s so realistic and emotional in some scenes, that you would cry. Almost, but those tears, they are tears of joy because of Gerwig's manificent play and face acrobatics.
Especially after seeing the reboot with Andrew Garfield, the awful characters and story of this movie become terribly obvious. Fortunately, some still great actors as Kirsten Dunst and J.K. Simmons, who is still hoped to reprise his role in the next Spider-Man sequel, give it some memorable moments.