Bram Stoker’s Dracula ★★★★
Who else’s Dracula could it be? Jane Austen’s? No, I imagine director Francis Ford Coppola kept the author’s name in the title because he wanted to get back to basics, away from the familiar image of old Vlad as presented by Christopher Lee. And he pretty well succeeds, with a richly overblown movie centring on a powerful performance by Gary Oldman as the Count. Good, thrilling stuff in which we learn how Dracula got to be a vampire in the first place and why he’s so angry. Anthony Hopkins provides strong support as Van Helsing, Dracula’s nemesis, and Winona Ryder is a fetching damsel in distress.
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