Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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A handsome, moody rendition, more romantic than menacing.
John Badham directs with great verve and pace, considerably helped by the atmospheric organ music of John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Several horror scenes, notably those not involving Dracula himself, are genuinely creepy.
This is sort of a Saturday Night Fever version of the story with a stylish, afro'ed Langella walking around with an open shirt looking for girls to take to his Castle Disco.
Granted, it's staged and composed like Masterpiece Theatre.
The casting is right on target and the atmosphere fittingly eerie in director John Badham's suspenseful, handsomely-mounted 1979 version.
Nice production values, but that's about it
Just doesn't fly.
Frank Langella as the king of the vampires, not so threatening, but certainly a charming s.o.b., ogling the women in the house with impunity. At one point he reminds his pursuers, "for 500 years I've fought off your kind!" and one doesn't get the feeling that that's a truism. Nonetheless, moody and atmospheric, sticking to the familiar, oft told story, and not a waste of time. One wishes for more threat though.
This adaptation wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good either. Mostly I found it boring. The actors were just bored and so was I.
The marketing was good, but it's so terribly dated now.
Rather unfairly slated by critics, I actually think this is one of the better tellings of the count's story. Sticking quite closely to the literary source, and with a strong supporting cast of thesps it's much better than Coppolla's irritatingly self absorbed vanity project.
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