Van Helsing

It is with a great deal of surprise that I give this piece of fluff two thumbs up. Mind you, both thumbs are shaking like crazy because I cannot stop laughing.

After working myself up to hate The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with a violent passion, I rather enjoyed it. I think this was because no movie could be as bad as I expected it to be. So when it came time to watch Van Helsing I assumed the same would be true, and I was right.

I confess, it made very little sense. That is, I understood the plot perfectly and it was stupid as fuck. I tried to explain some of it to Will and Jenn and they stared at me like I had two heads. (That could have been the booze, of course – vodka tonic for her, ginandtonic for him.) And Kate Beckinsale should be banished from all movie sets ever, and her highlights should be banished twice.

It’s possible that I was able to enjoy the movie as much as I did because I went into it with the intention of treating it like a comedy. I don’t know if it was intended as a comedy, but that is how I watched it, at John’s suggestion.

But whatever the reason may be, I enjoyed the hell out of this movie. And I must say that I think the first fourteen minutes were actually brilliant and would stand up to much higher standards than the movie as a whole.

3 thoughts on “Van Helsing

  1. Anonymous

    November 16, 2004 at 7:16am

    I enjoyed the beginning too. I think it was Dracula, the Dracu-babes and the more OTT CGI moments that put me off later, in that order. Which is a shame. If I’d known to treat it as a comedy and lower my expectations to the floor, I’d probably have liked the film more.

    But, glad you had a good laugh in any case!

    ~CosmicAvatar

  2. kara marie

    November 17, 2004 at 6:30am

    me and my boyfriend saw van helsing at a drive-in theatre over the summer. we also both went in to treating it like it was a joke (or at least, had lowered our expectations to the point that it could not be any worse than what we had possibly imagined) and found it to be quite a lovely experience…

    it was lightly raining for the first 15 minutes… which added some interesting atmosphere, and increased the enjoyment of the movie somewhat…at least the first snippet of it.

    and then, being at a drive-in, inside my closed car, we could laugh as loudly as we wanted and make as many derogatory comments about bad cg and bad acting and bad writing and all without getting popcorn thrown at us from other movie goers.

    and then we got to see dawn of the dead again. which all in all made for a very enjoyable night at the drive in.

  3. Becky

    December 14, 2010 at 2:23pm

    This is one of my favorite bad movies of all time, my brother and I cackle like hyenas through the entirety of it!

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