As many people have said, if you go expecting much cheese, much action, pretty people, and nifty special effects, you'll not be disappointed.
So, cindygerb and I went from Dim Sum off to see Van Helsing out at Redmond Town Center matinee with some of our friends. I think there general consensus was that everyone liked the movie although we dissected some of the parts that took a bit more work to like than other parts.
Some of the points that they got rather right:
- The werewolves, especially the changing of the werewolves. I was in love. A distant, protected by very strong, very fine mesh barriers but love nonetheless.
- They got Frankenstein's monster rather right. I very much liked his portrayal and while the issues around him were a bit clumsy, the heart was there.
- The ending with Anna was very well done. It took a bit of courage and I was surprised at how it was handled.
My suspension of disbelief was a bit distended at times. I was amazed at the gatling gun crossbow that evidently had seeker darts that only impacted Evil and non-living objects. I was amazed at the mass stupidity spell the vamp-babies exhibited. I can't come up with any other reason that villagers who are used to vampires coming around would mill around outside, waiting to get picked up by a flying monstrosity. But the crowning achievement of disbelief was when the horses jumped the gap. I actually said "You've _got_ to be shitting me." loud enough for most of the theatre to hear me.
So, in summary, I think it was worth the matinee price and I think some of it will be missed if you just see it on DVD but remember that I'm not a videophile...