‘Wick’ works, ‘Dracula’ has little bite
Keanu Reeves’ comeback and a new twist on an old story are among new DVD releases Feb. 3.
Once he’s forced back to work, the only thing that can stop him from getting total revenge is running out of bullets. Reeves brings just the right amount of killing tenacity, tempered by a five-year absence from the job, to make Wick formidable yet slightly vulnerable.
The screenplay by Derek Kolstad is loaded with leaps of logic. They aren’t as blatant because director Chad Stahelski never lets the action slow down. This is a film built on body counts.
Since the direction is so mundane, the film needed its actors to turn in compelling performances. Luke Evans has neither the charisma nor the muscle to make Vlad the same kind of captivating character that Dracula has been in past productions.
Sarah Gadon’s work as Vlad’s wife is so colorless that she often blends into the scenery.
Despite the tendency to want to believe that society is crawling out from under the ugly shadow of bigotry, “Dear White People” offers a reminder that in many ways racism has become more abhorrent because it’s done in such a subversive manner.
No one has ever accused Nicholas Sparks of being subtle when it comes to layering on the emotional levels in his writing. That’s fine as long as the sentimentality doesn’t become so heavy it becomes crushing. “The Best of Me” suffers that fate.
From the blonde who becomes the first fodder for the creature in a cursed house to the insistence all efforts to stop the spirit can only be done in the dead of night, the makers of this release wouldn’t recognize an original idea if it was spelled out on a Ouija board.
Should you go see this movie? Do whatever you have to do to move the planchette to say “NO.
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