I totally rejoiced when I was assigned to review this movie. You know one of my ways of relaxing is by watching a horror movie because that’s my favourite genre. Vampire movies haven’t been on the top of my list recently because of that rubbish Twilight franchise…..I’m just hardcore that way haha but this one should be interesting and I really wanted to see how they could retell the classic tale of Dracula.
let’s go back in time back to 1422AD Transylvania, a time of Ottoman dominance. An experienced ruler, a prince, a father and a husband, Vald (Luke Evans) faces a struggle to keep his kingdom from war and his love for his family to keep them safe as well.
It’s a movie that takes you on his journey where you feel his pain and agony during that defining moment when he forsakes his mortality for peace…..only to lose it all.
I’m a sucker for medieval, sword slashing and dark magic stories.
If I had my way I’d give it a 5 out of 5 star rating but there is a bit of discount here. I actually expected more epic battle scenes but was instead served with rather blurry and chaotic fighting, which I didn’t quite enjoy. The good points are of course this classic evil character called Dracula that’s portrayed with a complete twist yet the writers do so well to retain his dark personality.
A good movie is all in the little details and this is where I think the wardrobe and props department did a stunning job. I was really impressed with the fine details of Dracula’s outfit as well. The digital effects also put a fair amount of “umph” into the overall production.
This next highlight for me is a bit tricky to describe. When you watch the film, take note of the acoustics. It’s hard to put into words but just pay attention during the movie and how it compliments the overall feel and you’ll get what I mean.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I’m not exaggerating here, I really enjoyed this one and I’m pretty sure that if you go in with an open mind, you’ll appreciate this entire different take on this classic character.
By Ken Koh
Dracula Untold opens in cinemas 2 Oct 2014
Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore
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