“Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes makes a deal with dangerous supernatural forces – whilst trying to avoid succumbing to the darkness himself.”
This is a somewhat conflicted movie, that does its best to be something more than it is. First off Luke Evans is a GREAT man for the role. He has the look, he has the physical attributes, he has everything a good Dracula would need. However they are a few problems with this movie. Other than Dracula and his family, none of the other characters are really memorable at all even sultan Mehmed is just kind of meh. Also some of the liberties used in this retelling of a classic story work in some areas, and not in others. The story is also very much predictable, not in a terrible way that wouldn’t allow you to enjoy the movie at all, but just in a way that removes the largeness of the stakes that are trying to be portrayed. The world building was okay, but seemed a bit small. The visual effects were definitely well done, with some very nice set pieces and shot compositions sprinkled in here and there. If what you want out of this movie, is the best Dracula movie ever made then that might not be the case. However if you want decent amount of action featuring your favourite monster of the night, then this is definitely the movie for you. All in all see it for Luke Evans and the possibility that this may be the start of something that can get a lot better now that the shackles of the origin are done.
Review Score : 6 out of 10