Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula(1992)
Dir. Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Gary Oldman, etc.

I generally feel like the writers of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die make solid picks. I don’t know if I would select the same films, but I don’t generally complain about their picks–until now, that is. Dracula was absolutely dreadful. It almost feels as if Coppola wants to recreate the vibe of the 1930’s version of Dracula, including the campy sets, effects and acting. I still wonder if Coppola was partly trying to make a comedy (if so, the film still gets a “2) because the film wasn’t funny in the slightest). With Richard E. Grant and Cary Elwes and Keanu Reeves (not that he’s intentionally trying to be comedic; he can’t help it) in the cast, you could make a case. Even Anthony Hopkins comes across as really goofy, and Oldman really seems to be recreating the Bela Lagosi version–”I vant to suck your blood!”

Part of the problem is that I believe this film came out right before cgi effects really developed. The effects really do not stand up well when you compare them to the contemporary cgi. Even the Oscar award winning costuming and set-pieces, don’t stand up. They’re garish and well, campy.

Maybe he was going for campiness, and had a good reason for doing so. That would be better than genuinely trying to make a serious horror/drama. The more I think about it, the more I want to give this film a 1.

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