There’s a lot of speculation going on for this newly-released series. Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat‘s Dracula just isn’t up to par with the beautiful success of their masterpiece, Sherlock, which was their modern adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels about the charming detective. Once again, they showed yet another reinvention––this time, it’s Victorian fictional character: Count Dracula!
As I’ve said, Sherlock was bound to be a success, and it still is. If you happen to create one of the most anticipated and successful shows of the 2010’s, a lot of expectation is on your shoulder. Anyone can watch it repeatedly and STILL have the same reactions the first time they saw it. I mean, with that level of success, who wouldn’t want to try the second time around? Sadly, the second trip wasn’t as long and fruitful as the first one.
How times have changed, haven’t they? It’s as if it was only a couple of years ago when Count Dracula would be scary, not silly. Case-in-point: Adam Sandler in Hotel Transylvania which was, quite honestly, very funny. But as each generation passes, Dracula just isn’t Dracula anymore. We might as well watch Sesame Street’s. But hey, Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In showcased one of the best interpretations of the vampire––even revealing a certain human truth and the darkness it beholds and the great thing is, it’s all encapsulated in one film. Good job, Alfredson, for not transforming vampires into bats.
Claes Bang stars in this series and honestly, that’s not a bad choice at all. It’s just that he’s closing in on his age, and Dracula’s character feasts on his sexiness. Just look at Ian Somerhalder in The Vampire Diaries, am I right?
Producer Gatiss said this about their interpretation of Stoker’s novel: “You can pour anything into ‘Dracula’ that you’d like.” As he added, “it’s been with us for 120 years and there are lots of different interpretations. But we haven’t put a flag in anything.” Exactly, Mr. Gatiss. If you want to start 2020 with a (Claes) bang, revolutionize––revolutionize Dracula, because as far as we know, your Dracula speaks little volume.