Dracula Untold is Universal and Legendary’s retelling of the Dracula story except this movie is not based on Bram Stoker’s book of the same name. It instead focuses on the Transylvanian prince Vlad the Impaler (Luke Evans). He is destined to protect his family and kingdom from the invading Turks, but to do this he must find a dark source of power that eventually turns him into Count Dracula.
I consider myself a fan of the classic Universal monsters such as Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc. The more modern movies have definitely been hit or miss. I liked the remake of The Mummy a lot and even enjoyed the second one, despite it not being very good. I never saw the 2010 remake of The Wolfman and Van Helsing was a mediocre movie with a good concept hidden somewhere. This new Dracula movie feels the same way, a good idea that’s buried in a very mediocre movie. A lot of the dialogue feels more like exposition rather than building up a lore around this new version of Dracula. The characters are also very boring and there’s really no reason to care for them. Luke Evans does do a decent job as Vlad, but all of the other actors are pretty bad. Dominic Cooper plays the film’s main villain and it seemed like he had a difficult time keeping his Turkish accent. The action scenes are also messy. Sometimes the action is cool, but there are other times where it’s poorly filmed and edited. A key example is when some of the action is shown through the reflection of a sword. It’s a poor attempt to seem stylistic, and it’s almost impossible to make out what is going on in that reflection. However there are other times when the action is pretty cool, even if it seems like the writers make up Dracula’s powers in the process. I refer to the scene where he creates a flock of bats to attack an army as Bat Bending.