Saturday, February 1, 2020

Series Review | Dracula (2020)

I read a lot of Classics just not this one although I've seen plenty of movies based on Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, Dracula. At this point, I bet many of you already know what's a vampire or at least the concept of it so you are probably having some kind of ideas in your head before watching any vampire movies and I am not excluded from it.

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The first episode was lovely in ways that I dig the tones, the settings, some Easter Eggs and as I did studied architecture a little bit, I do appreciate that this series took place in one of the most beautiful castle in Slovakia, the Orava Castle which was built in 13th century originally in Gothic and Romanesque style.

While we all know the characters in Dracula from other movies, this series focused on the titular character's weaknesses and while the scene where Dracula emerged from the black creature was so hauntingly beautiful (read: terrifying enough to induce nightmare last night), I find myself drawn into his curiosity and therefore experiments with his brides. This gave me the idea that he was really desperate for companies. While thinking he was a mere monster, he still acted or maybe at some point feel like any human.

The second episode was the highlight of the series, I'd say. While the writers coloured some LGBTQ+ theme to it, I was actually quite surprised when it was revealed that the room number 9's occupant is Agatha herself! Surrounded by flies, I thought it was filled with the bodies drained by Dracula but nope!

The third episode while it was kind of not in the direction I would fancy it was supposed to, not only skipped a whole century into the future but also the lingering scenes between Seward and Lucy is not something I am overly fond of. Safe to say, it went downhill until the bittersweet end of it all.

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I've got to point out that this short series indeed breathed in something fresh and I'd say successfully put Dracula into a new light (pun intended, literally) but I admit, I rather liked it. I don't know about you but at some point of watching the series, I felt like while I was all into gaining superficial things in life for most of my awaking hours, I forgot to live while making a living.

In the end, I feel so humbled by the fact that I often ignored my duties towards myself and other people in my life, only remembering God when bad things happened to me.

Overall, I loved it. I'd be looking forward to more of Claes Bang work after this.

By the way, have you seen the network's teaser billboard in the UK? Absolutely, masterpiece!

I guess that's all from me. Hoped you guys enjoyed your recent CNY long weekend. As for me, I took a trip across the state to Miri, Sarawak. It was hellish but I'll update on that soon.

Until then, take care!

1 comment on "Series Review | Dracula (2020)"
  1. Suka nak tengok drama ini tapi tak jumpa pula yang boleh tengok secara online..