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Dracula: My Hypothetical Movie Casting

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Today in the Gothic Literature class I’m in, we started our discussion of Dracula by Bram Stoker. While we did the usual discussion of Jonathan Harker’s uselessness, Mina Murray’s man brain, Dracula’s foreignness, and the many ways in which one can read the text, we additionally talked about the four prominent movie adaptations of the book:  Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931), Horror of Dracula (1958),and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). However, after listing these movies, we discovered that an adaptation of the novel hasn’t come out in the past 20 years that even tries to be faithful to the original story (there was the ill-fated Dracula 2000 with Gerard Butler… but yeah…). So we were tasked with casting a movie if we got the opportunity to pick anyone to be in our version of said hypothetical movie. Therefore, my list that I am posting below was born. I think that each of the actors that I’ve placed in certain roles would be able to bring a certain truthfulness to the movie that would resound well with the novel itself. Moreover, I know that some of my choices are a little odd, but I feel that each of the people that I picked would something to the characters that would make them memorable in some way. I hope you enjoy thinking about this as much as I did. 🙂

Dracula Cast List

Dracula— Michael Fassbender

Jonathan Harker— James McAvoy

Dr. Seward— David Tennant

Lord Arthur Holmwood— Matthew MacFadyen

Quincy Morris— Robert Downey Jr.

Abraham Van Helsing— Ian McKellen

Lucy Westenra— Rachel McAdams

Mina Harker— Gemma Arterton

Renfield— Andy Serkis

Bride #1— Kiera Knightly

Bride #2— Natalie Portman

Bride #3— Claire Danes

I have my reasons for placing certain people in certain roles. Moreover, I know that some of them could occupy many different roles in the grand scheme of things.

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X-Men First Class: What I Thought (Possible Spoilers for Some People)

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So, as most X-Men fans out there,  I went to a midnight showing of the new movie and now want to share with you what I thought. To start, I thought that the movie was pretty fantastic overall. I enjoyed the plot of the movie and thought that for the most part the acting was pretty wonderful too. I thought that it brought back the heart of the first two movies and blended in perfectly with what they set up to be the conflict of the mutants in the world that they lived in. I think that a lot of this has to be due with Bryan Singer being brought back on board as a writer and story creator. Honestly, I believe that he is the reason the first two films were as true to the comics as they were and feel that he had a real sense of what the true feelings of the story was.

Positives:

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are amazing and fill the shoes that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan left for them. They play the younger version of Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr in such a way that make them a lot more down to earth and human than the figures that we see as Professor X and Magneto. They flesh out the characters in a way that their older counterparts could because they allow us to see the men before the leaders.

 

The villains were a good choice. Bringing the Hellfire Club into an X-Men movie is no easy task especially since they are quite a scary bunch of villains. However, I believe that Kevin Bacon does a good job of breathing life into Sebastian Shaw the Black King of the Club. He is a formidable foe and even with him being a bit overpowered (i.e. manipulating energy to be put back out in the form of explosive energy…which is not his original powers). He was especially great with all the different languages and other things that were required of him.

The integration of the movie into actual historical events makes me quite happy. I like how they spun the Cuban missile crisis to make it a moment for the X-Men / Brotherhood to start to develop as groups and individuals. I like how they used this as a point of origin for the groups and for the rivalry that springs up between the friends of Xavier and Magneto.

 

The music was fantastic as well. Thanks to Henry Jackman. The score punctuated the movie quite well and made it more enjoyable.

Weak Points

January Jones as Emma Frost left something to be desired for me. Emma is supposed to be one bad-ass, devil-may-care uber bitch. However, Jones comes off as a very flat portrayal of this most of the time. Now, I’m not blaming this entirely upon her. Matter-of-factly, she does have a few moments when she pulls of the character quite well. For instance, when she is in the CIA interrogation room and cuts a hole in the glass with her diamond finger, she gave me a bit of the chills that the real Emma Frost. There were also a few other of the more minor characters that I feel like could have given more.

I could have used the real original group of X-Men. I liked most of the characters that they used for the movie. However, I wanted there to be at least Jean and Scott…those are the real heart of the team, and I feel that they should have been there…other than that the characters were fine. (Except for the Wolverine cameo…I could have really done without that…that’s all I’m saying).

No extra scene at the end. I’m disappointed in Marvel for having them in every other movie but not in this one. Really Marvel? That was what I thought when I saw this…or didn’t see it rather.

Parting Thoughts:

Overall, I think that the movie works well especially with the first and second X-Men movies (I complete discount the 3 or any of the Wolverine Origin movies). I think that they chose a good place to fit them into the real world. I think that they chose a good cast to portray the characters. And they did the ideals that the X-Men stood for justice. I enjoyed it very thoroughly (as one can tell from me seeing it twice on the opening day) and hope that it might mean something for the X-Men franchise in the future.

Marvel Comic Movies of the Summer: X-Men First Class

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So, with the huge success of Thor (I totally loved it…I recommend seeing it if you haven’t), I am beginning to wonder what will happen with the new X-Men movie that will be coming to theaters next month (June 3 to be exact). Honestly, I’m remaining hopeful for the movie because it has two really good actors play Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and others that look equally promising. However, I am also apprehensive about what story arch they may be following in order to produce the movie.

My biggest reason for my apprehensions lies in the world that the filmmakers have created if the other four films are taken into account… Honestly, I’m hoping that this movie marks the reboot of the X-Men movie franchise. If not, I am irritated by the manipulation of character ages that seems to exist within the film. For example, Mystique is way older in the grand scheme of all the comics…and it appears that she would be in the movies…However, my biggest example of this would be Emma Frost. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, she is a teenager; yet, in this movie she is a thirty something year-old who is a full-fledged member of the Hellfire Club…Yeah….I don’t like when things like this happen. Moreover, I am already skeptical about the “First Class” idea because this isn’t the first class (this group includes Jean Grey, Scott Summers, Angel, Iceman, and Beast).

So, yeah, I’m anxiously awaiting the release and keeping up with new trailers and such. My biggest hope is that the movie is over two hours long…to me, this is an indicator of whether or not I should be hyped before I go into the theater (I will regardless….the X-Men is my comic book baby…). If it is over two hours, I can expect something at least because let’s face it a comic that has been around for 40+ years will not be adequately represented in less than two hours….So, I hope that you all are as excited / apprehensive as I am…Here’s hoping for the best. I also hope you enjoy the teaser trailers looking at a few of the mutants in the film.

X-Men: The First Class…A Good Thing or Not?

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As all of my readers out there know, I am a huge X-Men fan. As some of you may know as well, the new movie X-Men: First Class is coming out June 3, and we as the viewing audience just got our true first peek at what the movie is going to be like. Honestly, I am excited about this new edition to the X-Men movies…however, I also have some other questions that surround the movie and the overall placement of it in terms of the others.

Honestly, I guess the biggest question that I have about the movie is this: will it fit into the canon that the Bryan Singer and, sadly, Brett Radner films have created or will it start a new timeline for the X-Men entirely. I know that it is being billed as a prequel; yet, some of the stuff that they appear to be doing does not fit in with the continuity of the movies or of the comic series entirely. First and foremost, Jean Grey is Charles Xavier’s first student. In this film, I have not seen or heard of any reference to Jean, which kinda makes me sad because she is an interesting character. Secondly, if we take the Wolverine Origins movie into the continuity ( I have serious doubts about whether it  should be or not since it is just a mess of characters and action…much like the third movie), characters like Emma Frost and Havok (as juxtaposed to Cyclops who actually appears in the Wolverine movie) are significantly younger within this framework compared to the older Professor X (he arrives at the end of the movie). However, in the new movie, Emma Frost is the more familiar face that we reading the comics are accustomed to while Havok is still a young man. Also, Mystique, who appears in the later movies, is young in this one…yet, we all know that she does not age like normal people or mutants and is as old or older than Wolverine.

 

Finally, I’m curious as to which origin story they are actually using…there are a couple (all of which involve practically the same mutant team). Still, knowing which one they were using would make me feel a little better about what may or may not be the main plot of the movie. So, yeah….I have high hopes for this movie. They have actors that are good actors in all the right parts. They have a director who knows comic movies (Matthew Vaughn from Kick Ass). The story was also conceived by Bryan Singer (someone who knows the X-Men). Does it mark a new beginning for the X-Men franchise? Or is it truly a prequel? I will keep my eyes and ears out for more info on the movie as time goes on.

Year of the Geek: Comic Book Movies of 2011

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I saw somewhere on the internet the other day (maybe it was my homepage…I’m not completely sure which is one of the pitfalls of reading news and such on the internet the majority of the time…but any way) that a lot of people are terming this year the year of the geek due to the excessive number of comic book movies coming out in the theaters this year. Honestly, I am excited about this year…does that mean I am a geek myself. I believe so because I am looking forward to watching several of the movies that will be coming out over the course of the year, and here are the few that I’m most interested in (and alright, I am a Marvel snob to some degree…so forgive me if a lot of the DC or Darkhorse stuff is missing from my assessment).

Thor–Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. This movie is promising to be one of the must see movies of the summer months. Following the storyline of one of the most prominent Marvel characters (which all of them are prominent in their own right), this movie is bringing us all one step closer to the promised Avengers movie that will be in theaters in 2012. What I am most interested in in this movie is how they are going to meld the scientific and the magical worlds that Marvel are known for. I know that in the movie trailer they are saying that science and magic are practically the same thing just us dumb humans using another name for something mystical. Yet, I’m still intrigued to see how far they go with this concept.

X-Men: First Class–As most of you know who read my blog on a regular basis, X-Men are the comic book heroes that are near and dear to my heart, so it probably doesn’t surprise you that I am anxious about this upcoming movie.  It does have a few good things going for it though. First, Matthew Vaughn is directing the movie and overall his other movies (Kick Ass, Stardust, and Layer Cake…all good movies). Then, you have Bryan Singer (the man who co-wrote and directed for the first two good X-Men movies) responsible for the story. Finally, you have several actors that are pretty good in the roles of some of our memorable characters (James McAvoy is Professor X, Kevin Bacon is Sebastian Shaw, and many more). I’m still holding my breath on the this one because we all know the debacle of the third movie. However, I’m trying to remain hopeful that this movie might help redeem the series from X3 and the Wolverine movie. Also, another side note, Wolverine will not be in this one unless it is a small cameo (Hooray! I don’t like him that much anyway).

Green Lantern–Okay, so, this is one of the few (if only) DC comic movie adaptation that appears here. I’m interested in this one because let’s face it Green Lantern is a pretty cool super hero. His powers are limited by the strength of his mind…so, yeah, he seems like he would be any intellectual’s go to super hero. Being played by Ryan Reynolds, I think this movie has potential if it is done right because like any other super hero movie it also has the potential to be sooooooo bad too.

Captain America: The First Avenger–Okay, so, I’m not a huge fan of Capt. However, I’m pretty excited about this movie because its release will be the last piece of the puzzle for the afore-mentioned Avengers movie. Chris Evans will be an okay Capt. (I’m not completely thrilled by his casting choice partially because he has already been a character in the Marvel-verse of movies), but I am really excited to see Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. I think that he is going to be amazing at that. Why? Because he plays evil and off-beat characters well (look at Mr. Smith in the Matrix, V in V for Vendetta, etc)…I’m just excited overall.

So, these are just a sampling of the top things that I”m looking forward to. I’m also excited about Harry Potter and other things of that nature (not excited about Twilight). Looking forward to seeing Paul Bettany in Priest. Yet, I’m also not excited to see some others (like the Green Hornet for instance…I find Seth Rogen insufferable). However, there will be more to come of these other things in following days. Till then, adieu.