What some ‘Thrones’ actors do on break
I know, I know, it only got 23 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. And the story didn’t look exciting. But I had several reasons for going anyway:
1. It’s goth and it’s October.
2. After Django Unchained and Djesus Uncrossed (the trailer), I felt Dracula Untold was the next in the natural progression of things.
3. The cast includes Charles Dance aka Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones. And as if that wasn’t enough, they threw in Art Parkinson a.k.a. Rickon Stark and Paul Kaye a.k.a. Thoros of Myr, also from Game of Thrones. I think they ran a check on when the show went on hiatus. Also, it seems like Charles Dance has not had enough of playing a vampire elder—he was Thomas in Underworld: Awakening.
4. If that wasn’t enough Game of Thrones for you, Ramin Djwadi did the soundtrack for this movie as well.
5. And they shot in Ireland—where—yeah, you know that HBO series shoots as well.
6. Ngila Dickson who worked on Lord of the Rings, was on board as costume designer.
7. Diarmid Murtagh from Vikings is in it because well, he must have been hanging around Ireland, where Vikings also shoots.
8. Luke Evans (Bard in The Hobbit) is dishy and can act, even through some silly scripts (The Immortals, The Raven, Three Musketeers 2011, Clash of the Titans 2010).
That said, the costumes and the music were very good, the acting earnest—though sometimes got downright hammy, but this is after all a classy B-movie.
Unfortunately, the story was weak. It could not go where Maleficent at least tried to take us.
You couldn’t fall in love with Vlad no matter how dishy or “gwapo” he was, the way some people did with Maleficent.
At times it felt like I was playing a black deck for Magic: The Gathering. Add 1/1 counters to your bats; tap Luke Evans to summon 1,000 1/1 bats; enchant Luke Evans with Tywin Lannister to gain +999,999/999,999.
Thankfully it only runs 90 minutes.
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After opening on October 15, Dracula Untold is still being screened at regular theaters and at the IMAX.