Mini Series Review Dracula (2020) BBC/Netflix
Saturday, 4 January 2020 | Admin
Mini Series Review
Dracula (2020) BBC/Netflix
In 1897 Transylvania, the blood-drinking Count draws his plans against Victorian London.
Creators: Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat
Stars: Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, Morfydd Clark
IMDB User Rating 7.6/10
Episode ratings 8.5/8.4/6.6.
Tjmf wrote on 4 January 2020
The series starts off really well, the storyline in the first episode is great. I liked the whole gothic vibe, and the story seemed interesting. The setting, and the acting for the most part, it all looked good. The first two episodes I found very entertaining.
Dracula has mystery to him which I'm looking forward to being revealed, but until we get this it's difficult to say how good a Vampire story it is. It's definitely a different one, that's for sure, but I like that they've tried to be different.
Dracula himself comes across witty, with a devilish charm. Van Helsing has humor in the characters favor. Later on the Van Helsing character gets more serious, which the actor is more suited to, I believe.
I have to say that I wasn't impressed by how episode 3 ends. I was fine with the episode right up until the ending. I can get past minor plot holes - but I now believe this will be one of those series that you'll have to leave your brain at the door. It's a bit up and down for me, it has its entertainment value, it's a good series rather than being a top quality one.
I echo a lot of the sentiment to this last reviewer.
Being a fan of Dracula since being introduced on television through Christopher Lee and Pet Cushing incarnations, it was with a little trepidation but hope I approached this BBC/Netflix “Adaptation”. The BBC has let’s say a mixed success rate with adaptations, its recent “War of The Worlds” caused a lot of its fair to say anger.
Anyway 3 episodes which are really 3 Acts all approximately 90mins per episodes, so just enough time to do the story credit… hopefully.
Cinematography wise it was well shot without seemingly a massive amount spent on the budget (Well we are talking the BBC who’d rather throw more actors at something than spend money on scenery) This said there was nothing wrong with the production and style of the thing. Did it capture the atmosphere a tale like this deserves. At times yes though not often enough, although by the third episode things all became a little “Torchwood” and “Doctor Whoish”
Acting wise, there was a good array of talent but the only one who really kept it all together was Dolly Wells (Sister Agatha), although her accent was a little odd. Our Danish actor lead Claes Bang (Dracula) was just about ok. His character was a concoction of dark and light, but never really pulled either of successfully. In all fairness none of the other characters, left a lasting impression and our female lead in the final episode Lydia West (Lucy Westenra), I just found plain annoying.
Storyline went from sticking close to the original to drifting a million miles away. Sadly there were not enough memorable moments within the four and a half hours to leave a lasting impression.
I didn’t mind some of the giant leaps they did away from the original, but some good ideas were never really expanded on, within the limits of a 3 episodic mini series. There were not enough characters i wanted to spend time with and there were definitely not enough jumps and scares for a horror adaptation.
If you want the real Dracula read the book or re-watch “Bram Stokers Dracula” which is close enough.
Sadly the ending left me deflated and thats perhaps why the third episode scored relatively poorly from the viewers.
Overall it was ok, but again I feel ratings will be very mixed from the downright hostile to the loved it, but that’s par for the course these days.
MGN Rating per Episode
The Rules of The Beast 7.5/10
Blood Vessel 7.5/10
The Dark Compass 6.5/10
Overall MGN Rating 7/10