Monday, October 26, 2009

October 25, 2009

Van Helsing (2004)
Stephen Sommers, what happened? Where did you go wrong? The Mummy movies are so much fun and this just...isn't. The idea of mashing together the stories of Dracula, The Wolf Man, and Frankenstein sounds sort of fun at first. Turns out, not so much. The addition of Hugh Jackman only gives the audience an obligatory shirtless scene so that we can be distracted from this terrible movie by his definitely un-terrible muscles. The movie's fatal flaw is that Anna - the mysterious and confusing gypsy princess (apparently - they reference that and never explain it) - is incredibly boring. Dracula's brides are way more interesting, plus their maternal joy at seeing their children born is the most honest emotion in the whole movie, thus endearing the audience to the bad guys. See the problem there? This is one where I wish I could give half star ratings - it's much closer to 2 1/2 than 3.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

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