Directed By – Francis Ford Coppola
Screenplay By – James V. Hart
Cinematography By – Michael Ballhaus
Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, & Keanu Reeves
Why has no one told me about this movie! This is movie is a cinematic gem! It’s not like it didn’t get its recognition back in the day (it won the Oscar for Best Costume Design, Best Effects (Sound Effects Editing), and Best Makeup), but you don’t hear people going around these days telling you you need to see Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Well guess what, I am! See this movie. Gary Oldman is fucking phenomenal as Count Dracula. Watching this movie you’ll be like “Commissioner Gord-who?!. The dude is scary as fuck and then switches to some love-strick sex-god in a flash and does it with an uncanny bravado. The guy is a PERFECT Dracula.
No surprise here, but hats off to Francis Ford Coppola. The man doesn’t just simply tell the story of Dracula through film but creates a fantasyland for us to watch. The actual diegesis (film world) of this movie is so superb that I felt I was actually in a fantasy. The shadow play in this movie might be the best I’ve ever seen and the color scheme is pure gold. Coppola is a cinematic genius no doubt.
While Winona and Keanu do what they need to, Hopkins is a stand-out as Professor Van Helsing. He is simply a badass and puts Hugh Jackman’s portrayal to shame. Every word that comes out of Hopkins mouth will make you want to fist pump!
Do yourself a favor, get some film culture, and see this damned movie!