DraculaApril 16, 2009
Once again, I’ll do a review of both the book and the movie.
The novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker is a classic. It’s written in a journal form, with the narrative voice passing from person to person. The characters are likeable enough, although the sexism in the book kind of took me off guard. (I’m no femnist, but why can’t women help hunt for a vampire, or hear stories about vampires?) Any scene that Count Dracula appears in can get very creepy. Actually, any scene with any vampires can get creepy. There are scenes of death, of love, etc. This book has it all. Its a fantastic novel, although sometimes it can be very slow moving and hard to get through. But stay with it, and you’ll enjoy it.
It begins with Jonathon Harker on his way to the Castle Dracula in Transylvania. He notices how superstitious the Transylvanians are, and it begins to make him uneasy. Upon reaching the castle, and meeting the Count, Harker’s tension and uneasiness heighten. After being held “captive” for around a month, Harker learns that Dracula is unnatural, perhaps a vampire, and also meets 3 female vampires, who actually nearly drink his blood. Upon returning to England he is placed in a hospital for a mental breakdown. His fiancee goes to visit him. After this, this pair and a group of their friends become involved in a mission to destroy Dracula, before he can destroy them and all they love.
The movie “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” isn’t really that great. I wouldn’t recommend it. The only reason I watched it was for Anthony Hopkins (who did pretty good) and Gary Oldman (who kind of let me down). Keannu Reeves as Jonathon Harker made me uncomfortable with his horrible, HORRIBLE British accent. I’m not even putting a trailer on here. It’s just not good.