Risen and Revisited: Dracula Untold (2014)
Hey there, Creepy Peeps! It’s time for another Risen and Revisited review! Today, I’m going back and re-watching Dracula Untold (Gary Shore, 2014). To hear my original review of the film, you can watch my video here, scroll down to the end of the post, or, you know, I’ll just summarize it for you right now.
Quick spoiler alert: My thoughts on this film have changed, I haven’t seen this since my first viewing back in 2014, so please don’t fault my past self for not knowing any better.
In my original review, I stated how much I enjoyed Dracula Untold. I said I liked how the filmmakers took the story of Vlad Tepes aka Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia aka Vlad the Impaler aka Vlad Dracula – homeboy has more names than Sean Combs. More specifically, I mentioned how I liked the expansion of Vlad’s story and linking it more closely to the Dracula myth. Past me equated Dracula Untold to a superhero origin story movie (the one thing I still agree with). Finally, I was clearly smitten with all the cool bat tricks that Vlad (Luke Evans) was using in the film. I’m going to be honest here, I still find that pretty cool.
Basically, I don’t know what I saw in this movie. Watching it again, I just found myself bored to death and checking my phone every two seconds for something to do. The story takes a lot of the tragedy out of the original Dracula story or, I should say, it refocuses it. I always felt that the tragedy of Dracula is his eternal existence, even though Dracula may seem to enjoy himself, deep down Dracula knows that being eternal is not all it’s cracked up to be. In Dracula Untold, Vlad is more concerned with his family than anything. The tragedy of the film is when (SPOILER ALERT) his wife Mirena (Sarah Gadon) dies via falling down an insanely tall tower – and the effect looks pretty crappy, too much CGI. Plus, the ending is way too happy; we cut to present day where Vlad finds his wife reincarnated and they live happily ever after. YAWN.
However, I do agree with past me that Dracula Untold plays like a superhero movie. And I think that’s where this movie fails for me now. The film is too action-packed; too many fight scenes and too few scary scenes. It’s really not a horror movie, it’s just based on a popular horror icon.
Overall, I’ve come to my senses. I did not enjoy Dracula Untold nearly as much as I did three years ago. See, people can change!
If you want to see my original review, you can watch the video below!