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Sure the CGI could be very jarring at times, but as a whole the movie was fun and Hugh Jackman stole the show.
Completely over the top but fan-fucking-tastic. Loved it second time around. The accents though ...yikes.
Van Helsing starts out strong with a black and white sequence that acts as homage to the old Universal monster pictures, but quickly devolves into bad CG effects, spread so thick there's hardly anything human about it. I don't mind the Gothic remix, where Van Helsing is an immortal monster hunter and Dracula is trying to build an army of Frankenstein's Monsters and werewolves, but the movie also requires us to believe that after 2000 years of monster hunting, Van Helsing has never encountered a vampire? Come on now. Hugh Jackman essentially sleepwalks through Transylvania with comedy friar in tow, his accent all over the place, and some sequences that cynically tap into his Wolverine persona. And why is Kate Beckinsale in this? Seeing as Underworld came out the year before, it's damn confusing to have her play yet another vampire hunter. Does she just have an apartment an Prague and can conveniently bring her own leather togs? I had to check that these films weren't set in the same universe. They're not. It's just lazy casting. So Van Helsing is an overdone action flick that hinges too much on its CG monsters; when these turn out to be pretty bad, it's hard to find any joy in it.
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This movie ranks #530 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
This movie ranks #701 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office