Coppola's film is one of the best adaptations of Stoker's novel. It is the only one dealing with the suppressed sexuality of the book in an appropriate way by turning it into the obsessive impulses for the main characters' actions. Furthermore, he places the story in an entirely artificial setting with unnatural colors, lights, shadows, camera movements and scenarios thus giving the narration a dreamlike atmosphere.
One of the most eccentric 'blockbusters' ever made. Some odd casting choices, but it is hard to deny the strength of Coppola's vision.
It's flawed to be sure, but there are moments of complete brilliance, and it is in these moments where we get a glimpse of the masterpiece it could have been.
Definitely worth a look though
Visually stunning with a beautiful haunting atmosphere of classic horror. Francis Ford Coppola created a true vampire realm in this movie. This will TURNED OFF many of those horror enthusiasts who expects to see a film that thrives on shock value because instead this movie delivers more values of lust and love here. My only complaint would be for it is a bit too long and that Keanu was a little bit disappointing.
Coppola set a standard for what vampires look like, behave, feel like. He created/reinvented an aesthetic for this undead bloodthirst romantic figure. More than 20 years later, vampires are more popular than ever. An we have a lot of diversity in vampire imagery. Twilight sure is a long way from Murnau's Nosferatu. As is the brilliant True Blood, on TV, or the recent Jarmusch incursion in vampire territory.
Even though it has some good moments, overall everything looks a bit just "thrown in there", and at your eyes. The story feels disconnected and some of the actors - even Anthony Hopkins - seem to be acting in a rather odd manner. I don't know, visually is a good movie but it doesn't come out as credible or strong as it should have been, specially with a cast like that and directed by Coppola.