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March 10 2015 @ 01:52 pm
The Best of Me & Dracula Untold  
So I was able to get a couple free movies from Redbox. Seriously, sign up for their emails, texts, and like them on Facebook. I get free movies constantly. And if you have more than one email use a different email for a different credit card because then it is like you have two accounts and you can get more free movies.



Description
Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they've never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

Thoughts
Okay I'm always skeptical about Nicholas Spark stories but I've liked several (The Notebook & Safe Haven, to name two). So I tried this one out and while there were things I didn't like about the story in general... I actually really liked the movie.

I liked the flashing between then and now. This story goes over the lives of Dawson and Amanda in high school and 20 years later. So we get to see the original development of their lovestory and what tore them apart while in the present they are dealing with the death of a loved one and the love they still feel for one another.

What I didn't appreciate is that while Amanda is considering being with Dawson again in the present, she's married. Her husband isn't really a good husband but she's not even really considering divorcing him and wasn't before Dawson came into her life again. Instead, she's just cheating on him. And while we don't get to see much of her husband, what we do see makes me dislike him but not to the extent that she should be cheating on him.

Overall I did like the story and while it wasn't as good as the other two movies I mentioned it was still a good love story if a bit cheesy at times.




Description
As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.

Okay so this might not be something some of you would want to see but I love a good vampire story and I like seeing most of the variations of Dracula. Most of the time I don't enjoy them. I really liked Dracula 2000 but that was because no matter how horrible Dracula was in the movie Gerard Butler made him sexy. I actually own that movie despite the B Horror of it.

Dracula Untold seemed more realistic to me. It seemed a little more like the telling of history with a bit of that 300 feel to it... but just a bit. At it's heart, Dracula Untold is a romance between Vlad and his wife. He's deeply in love with her and wants to protect his family and the children of his kingdom from the Turks. To me he has a noble cause but is backed into a corner because he has no official army for Transylvania nor can he seem to do anything about what the Sultan requests.

What I didn't really like is that we are told repeatedly about Vlad's own time with the Sultan. He'd been foster with the current Sultan's father and becomes Vlad the Impaler. But he's renounced all that to run his own kingdom only to be at the whims of the current Sultan. And now the current Sultan wants not only a thousand boys to train as his warriors but Vlad's own son. Vlad really considers it because he has no way to fight the sultan. And yet his kingdom has 1000 sons? Where are these children coming from? And when you see the shots later of "the people" fleeing they aren't nearly a thousand strong anyway. So either the explaintion that it clearly isn't possible is cut from the movie or wow this was a huge oversight. And while the Sultan's army is huge, if you had that many people to have that many sons then you should have someone to fight?

But the thing that got me the most was that after coming home from his own fostering to rule his people, he apparently didn't think ahead enough to train men to fight??? Worst ruler ever? I'm pretty sure the actual Vlad wasn't that in-ept even if he wasn't as good as the one in the movie.

There are a few moments later that really annoy me too but that would give far too much away. Still Luke Evans does a fantastic job in the role and despite all the failures in the movie I acutally enjoyed it. And I enjoyed Luke Evans. My goodness that man is hot and perfect for Dracula because when he turns on the charm in the movie... you are willing to let him bite you!
 
 
 
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 16th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'm a sucker for them.

I think it is. I'm pretty sure Vlad the Impaler was the origins of the myth so...

It doesn't take much for me to like a vampire movie. Just a little effort on the makers part and they did try to make it more original and less strange (I didn't like the 1992 Dracula with Gary Oldman). It was more about the human. I liked that. I tend to like a good take on the vampire story.

So do you read vamp books too?
KSena: Keep calm and read a book by clumsily@sekseenaa on April 13th, 2015 09:01 pm (UTC)
*late answer is beyond late!*

Yes, I do read vampire-books when I have time. And if I find them interesting enough.

Which means what with being a librarian, nearly never. X-D When I have time to read something for my own pleasure it's usually biographies of some sort. :-)
Jill aka Jo: Books: Girl on bookssireesanwar on April 16th, 2015 12:18 am (UTC)
See right now my fav vamp books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood. They started out more HEA romances and then the author chucked that format and is telling it more like... a saga. I love it.

LOL Well yeah. But that is so sad as a Librarian!
KSena: Book shelves by liighthouse@seastarcovekseenaa on April 16th, 2015 11:18 am (UTC)
Well, that is the problem with being a librarian! X-D You end up in the profession because you love books... and once you got a job you don't have time to read books! *LOL*