Tonight's film was the Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film, Dracula
. This Adaptation of Dracula
is closely based on Bram Stoker's classic novel of the same name.
Lawyer Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) has been assigned to Transylvania, to the estate of Count Dracula (Gary Oldman), to complete a series of real estate transactions that will allow the Count to live in London.
Harker is made a guest (imprisoned) by the immortal vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker's wife-to-be, Mina Murray (Winona Ryder). In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror
, draining the life from Mina's closest friend, Lucy Westenra (Sadie Frost).
This is all a ploy of course to get closer to Mina, who resembles the prince's lost love - a love that can never be.
This film is beautiful from start to finish. The production quality is astounding really. Lots of old school camera tricks pull off the feel of this horror film so well. The only downside is the sometimes wooden performances from Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. They're not unbearable, but compared to Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman - they're left in the dust.
It's my favorite adaptation of Dracula
- and the fact that it historically ties in Vlad The Impaler is quite nice as well. Some movies just don't do the Count justice (Blade: Trinity
, anyone?) but Coppola's vision mixed with Stoker's original tale is breathtaking to watch. Oldman's Dracula is a tragic character - filled with romantic drive for something he can never have."I am the monster that breathing men would kill. I am Dracula."