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Movie: Van Helsing

van helsing posterThis is a brief review for those of you thinking of watching the movie; there are no spoilers here. I would give this a 2.5-3 out of 5 stars. Roughly, this means that I would watch the movie again (for free), but I certainly wouldn't buy it. The story had a lot of potential, and I liked the way that they merged the Dracula, Frankenstein, and werewolf myths into one cohesive mythology with a lot of homage to its predecessors, but there are several moments in the story where the movie falls on its face. It's frustrating, because mostly its a good movie. Van Helsing and Frankenstein, in particular, I thought were good characters in the movie.

One person I watched it with summed up one aspect of the movie well: it's as if they want to show you everything, rather than leave parts to the imagination; I would also add that what they show you, often wasn't as good as the imagination could come up with. The werewolf character is overwhelmed with special effects and takes away any presence the creature might have, as are many of the monsters in the movie.

The movie was better than it's Rotten Tomatoes score might indicate (hovering in the 20% range now), but this is a movie that I would save money on and watch as a rental instead of shelling out $10 for a movie ticket.

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