I will echo the sentiment that this is much better than I anticipated though it falls short of Universal's hope in starting another 'monster' legacy. Performances are strong for the genre and production values are quite impressive at times. The revisionist history of Vlad may irk some but hey it's a 'freakin' Dracula film. Good setup at conclusion but somehow doubt continuation on this middling box office success.
Better than it has any right to be, DRACULA UNTOLD is efficiently directed by Gary Shore who combines fantasy elements, comic book tropes and Dracula lore with his burning desire to remake GAME OF THRONES and BATMAN BEGINS. Charles Dance from THRONES appears as Master Vampire, while Luke Evans as Vlad is happy to play both a detective and dark knight. There's even the hint of a political allegory. Not bad, Hollywood!
Visually-striking (at least, most of the time) romp through the Vlad Tepes/Dracula myths that includes far more fantasy battle scenes than horror - which was expected and enjoyable. I expect that the hate this is receiving is mostly Turkish people and snobs. Though, I must admit I was annoyed by the seemingly random accents, haircuts, and the rather plain climax.
If you are looking into the history of Vlad Tepes and correlations with the contemporary crusades let alone the traditional Dracula mythos, think again. Dracula Untold is a wonderfully misguided and camp romp that snowballs with absurdities as the film reaches it's climax. LOTR & GOT fallout actors a-plenty, this movie is actually very reminiscent of Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. A romantically silly, ripping yarn.
Wrong telling bout history and dealing with the devil thing got me bored. Hollywood style pulling girl into the bath and make sex thing not fitted this movie, I guess. So, Mehmet killed by Vlad ha? Funny.
+1 star only because it was hilarious to see my triggered fellow countrymen raging about the inaccuracies in a fantasy story. You can't take the chauven out of a Turk, even the most sensible ones are bound to let it out at some point
It wasn't quite as generic as it looked from the trailers but is still a blockbuster-by-numbers where you pretty much know what to expect. It had some good action and standout visuals, though there were some really impossible to believe moments, and the ending that's intended to tie it into the other Universal Monsters reboots took a lot of impact away from the rest of the story.
Surely something dramatic happened off screen during production for this film to fall off the perch so appallingly. It starts out really promising, the performances are good, the Dracula character is given a dimension of human identification... and then it just flops into Lord of the Rings with fangs montage. And the ending is cliche revulsion. What a pity, Drac.