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.
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.
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.
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.
The amount of Turks raving around IMDB about the distorted history in Dracula Untold (and revealing their own misguided views on the history of Turkey) is amusing, because if you expect a Hollywood blockbuster to be historically sound, you're bound to be disappointed. Too bad not even Evans managed to save this steaming pile of poo. The creators were obviously confused what to do with the story.
It's supposedly interesting when the 'Van Helsing' meet 'Games of Thrones' ringing around a film. But with the result as bland as this, that's quite an overstatement. I don't mind generic or formulaic films, actually. As long as it's fascinating to watch. While it has some nice visual effect and occasionally entertaining, but sadly this film rarely fascinated me.
Pode ser uma boa história cinematográfica para a origem da lenda ou mito. Mas o filme, no seu argumento, deveria ter estado mais focado numa origem mais obscura e sobrenatural. Devia ir mais profundamente às trevas. Os efeitos não estão maus, mas é sempre o amor que leva a escolher entre o bem e o mal. Um cliché já mais que usado noutros filmes. A narrativa não é fechada. Agora é esperar para ver a sequela.