Music, Film, TV & BooksSome thoughts on Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula"

 

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- Keanu Reeves' acting in this film is shit. It improved, imperceptibly, in later work (actually I thought he was pretty good in Rivers Edge).

- Keanu Reeve's faux-English accent is shit.

- The shadow-puppetry bits (including the opening slaughter scene shot in silhouette) are a brilliant addition

- Assorted parts (plot, dialogue and scenario) would not be out of place in a 1970's porn flic.

- In the most porno-like scene of them all (starts with a lesbian kiss), Dracula appears to be more of a werewolf (huh?), however, on closer inspection, his hairy beast-face more resembles a bat. Sort of.

- Gary Oldman is FREAKIN' AWESOME.

- Gary Oldman's performance in Dracula may the most OTT of any actor whose name is not Nicolas Cage.

- In every other film of his I've seen, his acting is generally subtle and understated.

- As old Dracula (in the castle), his hair looks like a weird, fleshy protuberance hanging down the back of his neck. This could be down to our tv, but it did have me weirded out until I realized it is, in fact, hair.

- The totally non-CGI effects are FREAKIN' AWESOME, especially the blue rings of fire, and the Dracula's Brides. Fucking hell (in a good way). The wolf bits are pretty cool too.

- More to follow, after I finish re-watching it for the nth time.
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- Gary Oldman's performance in Dracula may the most OTT of any actor whose name is not Nicolas Cage.
- In every other film of his I've seen, his acting is generally subtle and understated.


you should totes watch Leon. Not just for Oldman doing that.
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42233.3 In reply to 42233.2 
His pill popping Beethoven inspired scenes are brilliant.
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42233.4 In reply to 42233.2 
Not heard of that one. Looks interesting!
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oh you're in for a treat. I've heard (but not seen yet to compare) that the "director's cut" isn't as good as the original release. Dunno. Anyway, watch one of 'em.
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42233.6 In reply to 42233.4 
oh and you can see more Crazy Gary in 5th Element which is also worth anybody's time despite numerous flaws.
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42233.7 In reply to 42233.6 
I forgot he was in that. I think I formed a lasting wrong impression from Tinker Tailor.
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Have you had a chance to watch Leon yet?

We had a talk at work the other day listing your top three films you could watch again and again, not necessarily the best, just the ones you've enjoyed the most and don't have to be in a certain mood or frame of mind to sit down and stick on.

Mine were Terminator 2, Leon and Enter the Dragon. :D
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42233.9 In reply to 42233.8 
MiB (any)

Bond (any)

X-files (any of the series/movies, I do have a few favorites but overall).

(the list can change frequently, and I could easily add 10-20 more that I probably like as much as above)

However, I generally prefer watching stuff I haven't seen, such as Leon, only because there's so damned much of it.
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Final verdict:

- The first 'half' of the movie owes much to 1970's porn flicks, the second borrows heavily from classic Hammer horror of the preceding era (particularly the grisly decapitation scenes), albeit with generally upgraded FX.

- Otherwise the film is fairly faithful and respectful throughout of the original Bram Stoker plot and scenarios.

- If Apocalypse Now is Coppola's 10/10, I give this 7/10 (and if we discount Oldman's contribution, 4/10). By Wes Craven's standard: 80/10.
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42233.11 In reply to 42233.2 
Just put a hold on it. In NA it goes by "The Professional".
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