Movie Review – Dracula Untold
After watching a lot of blah movies, I was thrilled to be able to see Dracula Untold in the theaters. This movie details why Vlad the Impaler became Dracula. An interesting spin on the usual tale.
I loved how the movie set up becoming a vampire was the only way he could save his family.
The movie stars Luke Evans as Vlad/Dracula and I thought he did an amazing job. As well as Charles Dance as the Master Vampire.
The special effects were amazing – and logical. I’ve always thought it strange that Dracula shifts into a single small bat – the movie resolves this easily.
It was easier to sympathize with the character after learning why he became a vampire.
Favorite line from the movie, “My father was a great man, a hero, so they say. But sometimes the world doesn’t need another hero, sometimes what it needs is a monster.”
My Rating 4.5/5
What I loved:
- Reason for Vlad to become a vampire
- The historical accuracy as Vlad was taken in as a political hostage by the Ottoman Turks
- The struggle not to give-in to his nature and strength of character
- None of the vampires were loyal to the one who turned them
- Special effects
What I thought could be better:
- At one point in the movie, Vlad can’t use himself to stop the Turks and uses bats. It’s not so much that he used bats, but the way he used them. It just seemed a little too dramatic and unbelievable. I would have liked if he had just sent the bats to attack and other creatures since the Master Vampire (Charles Dance) had told him that. He could have added wolves as well.
The way the movie ends (sorry can’t give anything away) makes me think there will be a sequel.
If you’ve seen the movie, or go to see it, who do you think the Master Vampire is ‘out for revenge on the one who put me in here’?
According to the movie, it was a demon-yes-but he was at war with someone who made the Master Vampire go to the demon in the first place. And, the Master Vampire didn’t kill Vlad when he had the chance and knew he was ‘the son of the dragon’. Perhaps Vlad’s relative is the Master Vampire’s enemy? And turning Vlad into Dracula not only allowed him to escape the cave, but enabled him to set up a trap for Vlad? Maybe movie 2 will tells us and have Dracula once again attempting to save his lineage.
Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.
Divorced and disillusioned of love and believing all the love songs and books exaggerated, she put aside her creativity for life. Many years past before characters, from the familiar to the freshly conceived, came to her again, but this time teasing at a new passion, the written word.
Gradually, her real life hero brought love and magic back into existence. During the time when her characters were getting reacquainted, the love of her life was showing her that true love never gives up and rekindles no matter how many times others attempt to extinguish it. Today, she is happily married with three children.
Andrea believes in the power of change and delighting in each moment. But most fervently, she believes in the magic of love and imagination again.