‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ is the 1992 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Screenwriter was James V. Hart.
Heartbroken Dracula lost it when the Church refused to bless her and give a Christian burial as payment for his years of service. He turned his back on the Church and renounced God. He willingly damned himself for all eternity.
In 1897, Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) is given an impossible task by his law firm. They wanted him to bag Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) as a client. Their last attempt via R. M. Renfield (Tom Waits) failed. Harker doesn’t know what to think when he meets Dracula. He’s unlike anyone he’s ever met in his life.
Harker’s fate is sealed when Dracula sees a photo of fiancée Wilhelmina “Mina” Murray (Winona Ryder). Dracula takes this as proof his soul mate is back and waiting for him. Dr. Abraham Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins) was called in to treat Lucy Westenra (Sadie Frost) for a strange condition. His diagnosis is vampirism. Good thing he’s vampire slayer.
The good: The audience didn’t have a chance after the opening sequence. Oldman was lava hot. Firing on all cylinders. We are not worthy. Hopkins had way too much fun as Van Helsing. He was the life of the party.
Ryder’s adept at playing women who bring men to ruin. Mina fell for a bad boy who was an incurable romantic, gave her diamonds and a killer new wardrobe. She went from nice clothes to supermodel chic.
Reeves’ character was put through the wringer. His boss set Jonathan up to fail. He had a weird creepy ancient rich dude as a new client. The man held him prisoner for months in another county. His wives were after him. All four drove him towards a complete nervous breakdown.
After he escaped and returned home, Jonathan learned the awful truth. Mina was unfaithful during their engagement and marriage. She had her lover turn her into a vampire. Then she left him at shotgun point.
The bad: The audience was supposed to believe Lucy was a virgin who only pretended to be a harlot. Seward, Holmwood and Morris had no chance of winning Miss Lucy’s heart. She was narcissistic.
She loved how Seward worshipped the ground she walked on but he was poor. Morris was strong willed and could see through her manipulations. She’d blow Holmwood’s fortune, sleep with every man within visual range and wouldn’t care if the affairs were made public. Scandal would make her the center of attention. So what if it ruined Holmwood’s reputation.
The ugly: You were sorry that it had to end.
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