Dracula Untold - Recap Review


What's good

- Respectable ambition to blend the lore of Vlad the Impaler together with the common Dracula tale
- Some occasionally nice visual effects

What's bad

- Doesn't extend the lore of Dracula in any meaningful way
- Obviously has trouble to decide whether to display Dracula as a hero, anti-hero or villain
- Plenty of weak or plain bad and incomprehensible dialogue
- Even at a running time of roughly only 80 minutes it somehow feels overly long and boring
- Various plot holes and questionable final moral
- Due to the PG-13 rating, the amount of visible blood (or gore) is pretty much at zero  


- The very final scene taking place in modern day times makes absolutely no sense.

The Verdict

Though its attempt of mixing the historical lore of Vlad the Impaler together with what is commonly known about vampires and Dracula from literature and pop-culture, Dracula Untold ultimately is only another vampire movie to feature nice effects to look at with only very few own original ideas.
Sure some of its effects like the numerous transformations into bats are occasionally nice to look at, but those are nothing special considering today's special effects standards and are sure far away from enough to outweigh Dracula Untold's numerous other problems. 
While it most of the time the movie feels like a standard superhero flick complete with an own origin story, at numerous moments Dracula Untold shows that it has troubles to decide whether to showcase Dracula as a hero, anti-hero or villain. Whereas some may argue that this can be seen as some form of character development, those sudden shifts are sloppily executed and simply unconvincing. On top of that, various dialogues feel uninspired and cheesily written, making quite a few of Dracula Untold's conversations having several nonsensical lines that trigger some unintentional humor.

Dracula Untold won't actually tell you anything truely new about the iconic character.  Even with its short running time the movie feels like an overlong, uninspired, effects heavy run-of-the-mill pseudo superhero movie without any new ideas to keep your interest. Making matters even worse is that Dracula Untold has to be one if not THE most bloodless movie about Dracula and Vlad the Impaler to date. Among all the forgettable depictions of Dracula, Dracula Untold fits right in there.

Final Verdict: 2 out of 10

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