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Dracula Untold

(3 Popcorn Boxes)

  Expectations. That makes all the difference. I had very high expectations for last week’s Gone Girl. I was disappointed and gave it “only” three boxes.

  This week I had low expectations for Dracula Untold. It was more fun that I thought it would be so this time three boxes is good. It all depends on how you look at it, right?

  Dracula Untold stars Luke Evans as Vlad “the Impaler” Tepes, a prince of Transylvania. If you somehow thought this movie would be historically accurate, think again. However, I chose to not let little things like facts bother me because, well…vampire. That kind of means none of it is true doesn’t it?

  Vlad has had a tough childhood. As a boy he was sent to the Turks to fight in their army, which is not a posh life. When his 𠆎nlistment’ was up, he returned home to marry and rule his little corner of Romania.

  His wife Merina (Sarah Gadon) and son Ingeras (Art Parkinson) are by his side amongst his people when the new Sultan (Dominic Cooper) announces he requires 1,000 boys to populate his new army. One more thing, Ingeras must be among those sent.

  I’m pretty sure Vlad would have been reluctant anyway, but the directive to send his son gives him the impetus to make a serious sacrifice.

  That’s right – Dracula had to sacrifice his humanity in order to defeat the Turkish hordes. He’s a hero, really. Cream of the crop. Yes, it sounds like a crazy departure from the Dracula canon, but it didn’t make me hate the film. Maybe I just enjoyed looking at Luke Evans. That was no hardship.

  Three boxes out of five for Dracula Untold. The action and sword fighting was exciting, but the CGI was marginally effective. I liked the use of bats. Well, I don’t really like bats, just how they were used in the special effects. I’m pretty sure no bats were harmed in the making of this film.

  Don’t go to see this movie expecting the real story of Vlad Tepes and don’t expect anything like the Brams Stoker novel. This is something totally different. And that is not a bad thing. The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fighting and vampire attacks.

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  I like Luke Evans, but in this 2011 swashbuckler, I was a bit distracted by his resemblance to Orlando Bloom.   


      Patrick Fugit! He was amazing in my brilliant daughter’s favorite movie…this 2000 coming of age flick about life as a Rolling Stone.   Almost Famous.



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