It’s time for a movie review! Today I’ll write about a topic that has been adapted quite a few times already. One of those adaptations is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1992. Let’s see whether this version is any good!
It’s 1897. The solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet with one of new clients, the rather weird Count Dracula. However, Harker soon realises that there is something very wrong, while his fiance Mina has an interesting encounter back in England.
Dark powers are at work here and only few know how to battle this kind of evil…
I’ve seen my share of Dracula adaptations ranging from the classic Nosferatu to Wes Craven’s modern take on the story. This version is certainly one of the better takes on the story.
The cast is chosen very well, except for one role. While Winona Ryder, Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins excel in their roles, Keanu Reeves simply does not work as Jonathan Harker. During the whole movie he just doesn’t seen to fit in. He’s most certainly no match to Gary Oldman, his performance seems rather weak and becomes even more pale in the scenes Reeves shares with Oldman.
However, if you manage to ignore Keanu Reeves, you will find Bram Stoker’s Dracula to be a very atmospheric and visually stunning picture. The scenery is absolutely perfect and together with the beautiful costumes it looks exactly how I had imagined it while reading the book years ago. Well, except maybe for the old Count Dracula, he looks somewhat irritating…
Another strong point about this movie is definitely the music. The soundtrack is bound to give you goosebumps and blends in seamlessly with the rest of the film.
Summing up, this is one of the better Dracula adaptations I came across so far. It’s not perfect but if you are prepared to overlook a few little flaws (and ignore that Keanu Reeves is in this picture) you will find it to be a thrilling and atmospheric experience!
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments what you think!