I don't think I've ever bought him in a roll where he doesn't play a contemporary guy though. Like, to me he just doesn't work in an era that existed where it would look weird if he put on a pair of sunglasses.
This is a monster action movie though - so I don't think believability is going to be a big factor for me here.
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The Jackman version was to Indiana Jones for me to love it. I did, however, enjoy it.
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Hmm.. I think Laurence Olivier was a pretty good Van Helsing.
I loved Van Helsing.
I can never understand why people did not like it. I watch it over and over, really enjoy it.
The idea of doing a remake with the people mentioned, now that is horrific.
I'm really concerned for you guys. In my opinion, Van Helsing is one of the worst big-budget movies ever made, for a variety of reasons. The frantic pace, the reliance on sloppy CGI (below standard for the time), the barely recognizable Uni-monsters....
But at least I know SOMEONE liked it!
>In my opinion, Van Helsing is one of the worst big-budget movies ever made
I think you hit on the deeper problem. If this flick had come out straight to video in the 80's, with 1/100th the budget and featuring NOBODY you'd ever heard of folks would have considered it a diverting oddity. But because it had so many names and so much money attached to it, folks get expectations.
Van Helsing is a perfectly passable B-movie. Right up there with "The Creeping Terror" or "The Beast of Yucca Flats." And entertaining for the same reasons: a touch of weird monsters, overwrought dialogue, TONS of typicalness to fast forward through, and a lot of stuff to laugh at. (WHAT was in that exploding carriage?!?!?) But it's easy to laugh when the film was made in a weekend for $100; much more so when you realize the thing cost more than you'll make in your entire life.
Most of you seem to be missing something about this film and that is that it was made to be fun, you are supposed to laugh and find it funny. The send up of the Bond movies in the vatican is priceless.
Draculas brides are really well done and Kate Beckinsale looks great.
I would suggest you watch it again but do so with a totally diffrent outlook and i think you will enjoy it.