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Content rating: 7
Posted 2003-05-26 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by Cacophanus on 2003-05-27 01:40:00
I'd read that Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
was pure style, a movie full of flash but low on
content. Well, I disagree. It's not The Brothers
Karamazov, but there's enough in the story
and the characters to keep my interest. And, of course,
it is very easy on the eyes :-)
For those not in the know, the eponymous D is
a half-breed of vampires and humans. He wanders
the land of a post-apocalyptic world, destroying
his vampire kin, yet always feared and misunderstood
by the humans he aids. It reminds me in many ways
of the old Sergio Leone westerns, in which Clint Eastwood
made The Man With No Name into an icon. It is no
coincidence that the makers of "VHD: Bloodlust" have
chosen a voice actor who has the same raspy whisper
Which brings up one of the unusual features of this
movie: the only audio track is English. I watched carefully
at the beginning, and saw that the characters mouths really
do follow the English dialogue pretty well. For the most
part, it works nicely. There are a few places where it seems
that the script forces the characters to speak with a rhythm
no native English speaker would choose, but fortunately,
they don't appear at the peak moments.
music nor the sound effects made much of an effect on me.
I had a hard time getting the box out of its sleeve,
too, which knocks down the "Packaging Rating" (maybe it
had something to do with the Samuel Adams Double Bock
I was drinking at the time). The bottom line is that the
movie has to stand on two legs: its art and its story.
And, thank goodness, it can. The art is terrific. I liked
the character designs of D and Leila especially. The backgrounds
are simply sumptuous -- or should that be "scrumptious?"
Almost everyone in the show is pretty, including the guys.
If you ever find a book with "The Art of Vampire Hunter D,"
Now, the story -- that's not so clearly a slam-dunk.
There are several common themes running through the
- the eternal outsider, doomed never to find a home
- star-crossed lovers
- a band of rough-but-honest adventurers with special abilities
It's pretty clear after the first twenty minutes or so where it is all
going, so there's not much suspense. We know that there's
going to be a showdown at the end, and we know that D,
for example, is going to stay alive until he gets there.
But every now and then, the writers throw us a curve which
I, at least, wasn't expecting. The friendship between
Leila and D grows slowly and gradually. I appreciated
the way that they were given a chance to talk to each
other; yes, that's right, just talk. Unlike most Hollywood
action films, the male and female leads are able to sit
at a modest distance from each other and exchange thoughts
and ideas. Sure, they aren't all that profound, but it's a
heck of a lot better than having them fall into each other's
arms within five minutes.
And underlying the entire show is the
simple question: if you woke up and found yourself
a vampire in a world of humans, what would you do?
Yes, it's hard to see how the two species could ever co-exist,
but, if you're willing to bend over backwards, you may
admit that life as one of the undead is probably not such
a great deal after all.
I wasn't bothered by the, um, machina ad deus at the end
as some reviewers. The opening shot prepares the viewer
for it, so what's the big deal?
I really liked the final scene, too. It brought home in a subtle
but effective way just how lonely D's life must be. Like he said
to Leila during the rainstorm, at least she has a chance at
a normal life.
Equipment used when writing this review:
Sony DVD player, JVC 27-inch TV, stereo speakers, two bad and one
good servings of fermented barley mash.
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