Escape to the Movies: Dracula Untold - AB Negative

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Dracula Untold - AB Negative

Dracula Untold is a bad movie that could almost have gotten away with it.

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I got a Maleficent vibe off of that footage, so I guess I'll just watch that again when I get the chance (I'm not sure if it's on DVD yet).

Also, that insult coyly cut from the video, nice. But seeing as you (seemed to) like The Conjuring and I was kinda indifferent towards it my opinion may be much different.

Yeah when I saw that this was rated PG-13 I lost pretty much all interest.

I don't see how PG-13 is inexplicable; it allows more access and revenue rather than R-rated films most teenagers (probably the target demographic) could get into.

You can always tell how, lets say 'un-memorable', a movie is if Bob uses trailer bits to pad out the run time. I'd do it too.

So, it's good but not great.

gphjr14:
Yeah when I saw that this was rated PG-13 I lost pretty much all interest.

How so? PG-13 movies have been some of the more violent and/or actiony movies in recent times. So there is no vilgar language and sex, meh I can do without those.

Sounds like 300 but PG-13 and with less impressive visuals. Sounds like a "watch when its on TV once" movie.

"Bat-man Begins" is probably the funniest thing I've heard all day. Suppose I should get out of bed and grab breakfast now.

Am I the only one who thinks the Female Ghostbusters logo actually looks anti-female, what with the slash in the circle and everything? Could just be me being weird.

Usually our tastes in movies are similar,but we have to part ways on this one. I really liked this movie. Probably because I am not that much into horror Dracula but more into action Dracula like Castlevania.

So depending on taste and how far outside your taste you go, it's a 4-6 out of 10.

Note: I go here with 5 being "worth the money".

How many years ago would this have needed to be released to be considered innovative or impressive visually?

Also, do you think the director's cut, or non-rated version that will be released once this is out of theaters has a chance to be significantly better?

I think this movie could have had the chops if a minor but very important change was made. See, what bothers me is this:Vlad the Impaler was already a vicious, blood-thirsty killer; this aspect of the historical figure was not explored and expanded.

In the movie they made Vlad into a monster because he turned into a vampire. It would have been infinitely more interesting to see him turn into a vampire because he already was a monster to begin with. That he tried to save his land is an irrelevant setting, the character-driven narrative of my scenario is more interesting to me.

After all, one does not need to be a "monster" to be a monster.

Chaos999:
Usually our tastes in movies are similar,but we have to part ways on this one. I really liked this movie. Probably because I am not that much into horror Dracula but more into action Dracula like Castlevania.

I agree. It was nice to see a vampire actually kicking ass for once on the big screen.

Did anyone else sit through the credits wondering if there was some kind of stinger in the extra seconds, only to see a whole bunch of black space?

Anyway, yeah, this sounds a bit of a nothing. But I'm interested in the amount of love being given generally to the premise of Tomorrowland, which sounds like Disney masturbation of the highest order to me - only Brad Bird's presence makes me willing to even consider that this might be watchable.

That last caption at the end of Meet The Robinsons had me and my family retching into our popcorn buckets, and this sounds like a whole movie's worth.

Anyone else get a sort of Dynasty Warriors vibe off that scene at the beginning of the vid where Vlad was killing off hordes of mooks?

Anyone else now want to see a "Universal Studios Monsters/Dynasty Warriors" game now become a thing?

GamemasterAnthony:
Anyone else get a sort of Dynasty Warriors vibe off that scene at the beginning of the vid where Vlad was killing off hordes of mooks?

Anyone else now want to see a "Universal Studios Monsters/Dynasty Warriors" game now become a thing?

upon seeing the opening bit those were my thoughts exactly

GamemasterAnthony:
Anyone else get a sort of Dynasty Warriors vibe off that scene at the beginning of the vid where Vlad was killing off hordes of mooks?

Anyone else now want to see a "Universal Studios Monsters/Dynasty Warriors" game now become a thing?

As a Dynasty Warriors fan, I'd be major-league down for that. It could be really spectacular. Of course, I really liked the film Van Helsing as well, so my opinion is perhaps not the best one to go with...

OT: Looks like it'd be worth the $3.50 at the local cheap theater. I'm not big on vampires, but this film could have some fun to it.

I hate this kind of movie most of all: the competent, but completely forgettable movie. I'd much rather watch a movie that tried and failed to be something big than something that tried to be bland and inoffensive and succeeded.

You know, if they had just told the story of the REAL Vlad The Impaler it could have been a much more interesting movie, I don't understand this need to change history to be LESS interesting that it really was for cinemas.

The ticking clock contrivance and sympathetic characterization of the guy we already know will become supremely evil kills the premise for me, which is a shame because I didn't completely hate the idea when I first heard it and I don't even mind a PG-13 since hyper violence and gore doesn't really do it for me anyway.

I would have been more interested in seeing this if it wasn't a PG-13 hodge-podge. I know Hollywood wants to grab the biggest demographic, but is that type of audience out there? I don't recall anyone asking for another piss-poor plan to capitalize on Marvel's cinematic universe by using the Universal classic monsters. It would have worked better if it was hard R-rated with a much more crafted story that took its time to build this world from the ground up. Sadly, its just another example of Hollywood playing "monkey see, monkey do" and missing the point completely. -_-

I saw this last Tuesday and it was so boring. We already know that he's going to be Dracula so every second spent with ~resisting the temptation of blood and ~worrying about what he was becoming were so pointless. The best scene in the movie is in the trailer.

That being said the OST is fantastic done by the same guy who did Pacific Rim.

orangeapples:
So, it's good but not great.

gphjr14:
Yeah when I saw that this was rated PG-13 I lost pretty much all interest.

How so? PG-13 movies have been some of the more violent and/or actiony movies in recent times. So there is no vilgar language and sex, meh I can do without those.

Oh I'm with you on vulgarity and sex being unimportant but given the character and the historical background of the story it could've been rated R and given us more violence. We're talking about a guy who ate his meals in front of impaled bodies. By rating this PG-13 they pretty much defanged Dracula compared to what an R rating could've brought.

When I watch a movie with swords and spears I like to see some decapitations, dismemberment, and maybe some evisceration.

Ah dang it. Bat swarm punch? I mean, I really like the Underworld movies and those aren't necessarily the greatest movies. I think this is one of those movies I'll avoid primarily because I have no driving urge to see it, but also because Bob pretty much panned it. Then, in like six months or so when I see it on Netflix, or at a friend's house, I'll be like, "huh. That wasn't too bad. Kinda liked it actually" and still be glad I didn't spend money to see it in the theaters.

jimthepocket:

Chaos999:
Usually our tastes in movies are similar,but we have to part ways on this one. I really liked this movie. Probably because I am not that much into horror Dracula but more into action Dracula like Castlevania.

I agree. It was nice to see a vampire actually kicking ass for once on the big screen.

It was nice to see a vampire actually kicking ass for once period. Vampires, werewolves, you name it have lost the terror and badassery that they used to invoke in favor of being the personification of what every whiny emo teenager likes to think about themselves. It was good to see a vampire actually be what it's supposed to be, which is rare these days.

Not gonna lie... was really hoping to see a review for "The Judge" as that looks WAAAAY more interesting than PG-13-Dracula-origin-story-reboot did or does or ever will. Oh well. nice Bat-Man Begins joke.

Flatfrog:
Did anyone else sit through the credits wondering if there was some kind of stinger in the extra seconds, only to see a whole bunch of black space?

Me.

I hope that was just an encoding error and not put there to deliberately troll viewers or, worse, trick them into triggering the second ad rather than clicking away to the forum thread before the video finished.

So why was there a 7 second of blackness and the end of the Logo? I thought it was a message from Bob type of thing and wait, what's Tomorrowland?

Hopefully there is an unrated directors cut. PG 13 has ruined a lot of movies that had the potential to be good. Then again my standards of good use of tits and stabbings are set by the Spartacus tv show so really nothing even comes close.

I work in a cinema, and this movie has had very positive feedback from customers, non of them have came out and said it was shit, every person to come out has said it was good.

I can't wait to see it personally but then me and Bob seem to have different tastes xD

I'm sick of vampires being fucking anti-heroes... I WANT MY ALL POWERFUL LORDS OF THE NIGHT BACK!

Also, my hatred for Maleficent will probably be reflected here, leave iconic bad guys/gals alone Hollywood, what did they ever do?

Except everything they did obviously...

Huh. Bob was kinder to this than I thought he would. Then again, I thought he'd review the Judge, or maybe that means he smelled "Oscar Bait" coming a mile away. Too bad, the Judge Dredd jokes would have written themselves. As for Dracula, I would have been down with an R rating, which makes more sense considering who we're talking about, so I'll put this on the maybe list, while hoping for an unrated Blu-Ray version.

Deimir:
"Bat-man Begins" is probably the funniest thing I've heard all day. Suppose I should get out of bed and grab breakfast now.

And the dog pictures! That's what sold it! I wonder if that was Bob's dog.

I don't think Dracula works as a narrative villain. He's the big bad sitting in a castle, doing his thing, drinking blood, abducting maidens, being the night, waiting for an adventurer to slay him.
He's not a specific character, he's an idea. He embodies motifs and themes, that often even vary strongly between depictions. And there have been so many versions.

Sorry, but disagreed.

Seen it this week, went in with terribly low expectations, was very pleasantly surprised. Now, don't get me wrong, this isn't the next big thing, no masterpiece. But it's a fun, compact action flick with some drama tossed in for good measure. There are several fun fight scenes, some very good performances (Vlad in particular was done very well), and while it did have a foregone conclusion it was still interesting to see how it played out. Sure, Vlad was going to get vampirified no matter what, but the question was who was going to get out of it alive. And the runtime wasn't drawn out, which is nice to see today, where 2+ hours is the standard for such films.

All in all, it was good, honest fun.

...Wow, that scene at the opening looks like a B-grade Shaw Brothers kung-fu movie with a CGI budget and dismal blue underlighting.

If nothing else, the film has assured that I never want to hear breathy, goth versions of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" in trailers again ("It's, like, ironic, 'cuz, like, they actually want to rule the world, get it?")

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