“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss
I have no idea how an almost-month flew by without a post. Well. I know how, but, you know, figuratively speaking. I’m big on speaking figuratively.
I’ve actually been meaning to post – I even had a few truly brilliant ideas, though some of them were, what I later decided was, “post-mediam-noctem-ly brilliant”, i.e. they seemed really clever and what-not in the wee hours of real early morning, but didn’t quite measure up in the stark light of day. And I couldn’t decide beween the rest, so I just waited till INSPIRATION found me. Which is now!
The possibly sad part is that inspiration was triggered by binge watching America’s Next Top Model – I’m on cycle 20.
Anyway! This post will not be about the handsome girls and pretty guys of ANTM, but about Dracula: Untold. As per usual, I went with my big bro and his girlfriend. This time what movie to see was a joint decision, so there is no one person to be blamed for the choice.
Maybe I should re-think my phrasing. Dracula: Untold wasn’t a bad movie. Not at all. It had strong actors, beautiful scenery, impressive special effects and, to me, most importantly, a very interesting story – that of how Vlad the Impaler became one of the creators of the literal strigoi (vampire). But! The last is also the reason why I didn’t enjoy this movie as much as I had hoped and why I’ll stick with my choice of words.
The story had so much potential. To find out how Dracula went from being Son of the Dragon to Son of the Devil.
To me, a lot of the movie’s possible appeal got lost with the storytelling. At times it took too long to advance the narrative, and at other times, and in my opinion, constantly at the wrong time, they rushed through key moments.
Fredrik, my brother, claims to have liked it. But since he and I rarely (and I mean once-in-a-blue-moon-rarely) see eye to eye on things we either like or dislike, and since I therefore consider his voice null and void when it comes to giving out movie tips, I don’t think anyone should be swayed by that. (Seriously, this guy, I love him to bits, but he even loved The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All – sure, I, too, sometimes enjoy a really clearcut good guy vs bad guy flick, especially starring Treat Williams, but tS3:WTA is pretty bad.)
Fredrik’s girlfriend – an almost as big fan as I am of Coraline and therefore a girl after my own heart – however, even managed to fall semi-asleep during one of the movie’s barely forward-moving moments. That actually happened. Take what you will from that.
I’m actually torn between posting the trailer for Dracula: Untold, as it also (not unlike Lucy) makes the movie look almost flawless (disclaimer: I do think Dracula: Untold is HEAPS better than Lucy), but seeing as Transporter 3 just came on, and it stars the ridiculously hawt Robert Knepper (he, Statham, Statham‘s slick moves and François Berléand‘s hilarious Inspector Tarconi makes this movie worth a re-watch, despite it not being a favorite), I will post the trailer and let you make up your own minds.
Again, not a bad movie, but in retrospect I kind of wish I hadn’t gone to see it in the theater. It’s probably one of those movies that works better on my small(er) screen than on the big silver one.