CAUTION: Horror movie ahead...
I certainly expected more from this. 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' is a film that I imagine was really good when it was released and we look back now questioning how it is so well-received. Personally, having read the book, I find the film severely lacking in content, context and it fails to capture the true nature of what's actually happening. Instead, we are left with this incredibly over-sexualised account of the Count and his pursuit for love. I'm not saying that the film is bad, but it's definitely not fantastic. I always consider who is cast for the film when doing movie reviews and some of the world's biggest acting talents at the time (and still now) are in this film. It was just so disappointing to see their performances overshadowed by a poor film in general. It's definitely not bad, it's far from it, but for what could have been for this film really makes me sad because the story is so good and interesting and the writers and producers were miles off on this one. I must credit the incredible transformations of Gary Oldman in this, at some points you wouldn't recognise him and his portrayal of Dracula is one of the strong points of the film. I kind of have the attitude of "I... love you too much to condemn you" for this film because there are good points, and I love the book and the story, so it has a place in my heart but the film doesn't occupy much of that space.
In all honesty, I was expecting more from this. It's a film my mum has enjoyed, in particular when it came out, but even now she is still satisfied and enjoys the movie. It is by no means a bad film, in particular, there are very convincing displays of really getting into the character - seen mostly with Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing. I can't say that I loved this because, well, I didn't. However, I enjoyed certain parts, and despite the film being quite different from the book, the traditional sense still seeps through without it tainting the film. I much preferred the book, and as with most things, the film is rarely as good but there is only so much that can be captured on screen. I say that, but on the part of Oldman, Ryder and Hopkins, they perform fantastically for a film that is so far from what they would normally do. Anthony Hopkins is accustomed to horror films, he has that presence about him, but as for the remaining cast, horror isn't a common topic of conversation amongst their filming credits. However, to call this a horror kind of insults the genre because this is not scary in the slightest. If anything, it should be categorised as a romantic film, a thriller at a push, but just the Gothic genre vibes put it in the horror category. I want a horror movie to keep me on edge, and unfortunately, those films are few and far between. 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' is far from perfect, and far from being a horror film, but it is very easy to watch although I won't be watching it again.
Duration: 2h, 8mins.
Released: 29 January 1993 (UK).
My Rating: 6.5/ 10.