Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Billy Campbell, Sadie Frost, Tom Waits

Adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic vampire novel. Gary Oldman plays Dracula whose lonely soul is determined to reunite with his lost love, Mina. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of terror and seduction draining the life from her closest friend, Lucy. Together they try and drive Dracula away.

This is a review of the movie and not the book. This version of Dracula that is the closest to the book.

What a wonderful creation from book to movie. When I heard about this movie being made, It was the one movie that I was looking forward to seeing. I went to the movies twice to see this movie. I loved it that much. This was the most romantic and beautiful movies made in the 90's, and it was considered a horror movie.

Most of the cast for this movie was great. Winona Ryder was delicate and beautiful in this movie. The softness of her face let the innocence and desire show through her face. She was beautiful in the movie. Anthony Hopkins performed well in the movie as Van Helsing. Gary Oldman went through several different costume changes throughout the movie. Some of these were full body make-up jobs, but they all looked great. Tom Waits was the best surprised in the whole movie. He was great as Renfield.  I think that he was the best as Renfield. It was his presence and his voice that brought that character to life.

The only real problem with the movie was Keanu Reeves. He looked great. It was his bad British accent. You could just tell how much he was forcing and concentrating so hard to get that accent down. You could tell by ever word that he said. He did not ruin the movie at all, but it made his scenes a bit awkward at times.

The look and the production of the movie was top notch all the way. The entire movie looked great. The coolest part of the movie was the fact that it was all made inside a studio. You cannot even tell the difference. The outside scenes look like they were filmed outdoors. Coppola was amazing at creating the look and environment for this movie. The attention to the details was there. The costumes were some of my favorites in a movie. They were detail so well. All of the embroidery work in the dresses and the men's vest were beautiful. The sets looked like rooms that I would love to live in. They are amazing.

The movie was advertised as a horror movie, but when you really sit down and watch this movie, you get to see all of the beauty that hides in this movie. This movie is filled with romance and love. It was a loved that lived throughout time. Dracula only wanted to find his wife again. She was the only one that he loved. The way Coppola shot this movie captures all of the love and romance between Mina and Dracula. You can see it with every turn of the camera.

I absolutely loved this movie. It is one of the best horror movies and Dracula movies ever made. If for some reason you have never seen this movie, then you need to go run and see this movie. It is well worth watching and even owning a copy of it. Enjoy. 

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) Trailer

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