One of the weirdest spinoffs of Dracula I’ve ever seen, Dracula Untold is about the origin story of the famous vampire Dracula. Luke Evans, an Orlando Bloom look-alike, does well in this strange but interesting story. Dracula, called Vlad in the beginning, is about to have his son taken away from him, so he goes in search of power to fight off his brother, the king of another land. In doing so, he becomes a vampire with magic powers that allows him to control bats and basically become unstoppable as long as he doesn’t step into sunlight. The movie was pretty good, with special effects being on point, especially with the bats. The acting was pretty well done as well, surprisingly, and the scenery was absolutely beautiful.
The composer for this fantasy film was Ramin Djawadi, which was of little shock. With Game of Thrones on his resume, Djawadi will probably be connected to any medieval movie from now on, based on his sound and his style. Regardless of whether or not you like the TV Show, Djawadi has created a new sound for a medieval setting, and that is certainly something to take note of. And, whether you like this sound or not, it is happening and that is all that really matters right now. Still, it would be nice to see Djawadi do something else soon and if he doesn’t, his music is sure going to get boring.
The score for Dracula Untold is certainly interesting, and there is definitely some good stuff on this soundtrack, but a lot of the times it seems a little bland an predictable. It starts with “Prologue” and the choir chanting is creepy, yet effective. It works with the film, but then when the orchestra enters, it sounds exactly like Game Of Thrones and we can start to role our eyes. Even the melody has a hint of the first two notes from the famous melody in the TV show. The strings have the same qualities. Then, “Dracula Untold” hits and we have a great main theme. The strings again are not original, but the melody here is powerful and definitely fits Dracula. I wish it were a bit more chromatic.
“This Life And The Next” is an absolutely gorgeous buildup cue that starts with a beautiful vocal solo and then the orchestra enters with gorgeous chords. The harps are again no surprise, but it sounds cool with the picture. I can’t remember what scene this music was for, but it sounds wonderful. The choir comes in and holy heck it explodes into action material, this being where it all begins. The choir chanting is back and in full force here with strong brass anthems that work, but again aren’t original. I wish I could stop saying that.
“Son Of The Devil” is a brilliant action cue that really does bring out some of the best music in this score. The brass and choir are blaring and typical, but they are awesome with the picture. “I Will Come Again” is the best cue on the whole album, simply because of the emotion. This is where Dracula sacrifices himself and the buildup is immaculate. The strings and choir here are so chilling and I remember this part of the film most due to the combination of the emotional picture and the emotional music. Truly outstanding moment.
Like I said a million times here, this score is very unoriginal, and Ramin Djawadi rips himself off here many times, but this is still a pretty decent effort from Djawadi and the soundtrack definitely has some good moments. I just wish Djawadi would write different music, because this could easily be put into Game Of Thrones and work just the same as it did for this film. Still, this score is a good one and definitely filled with the right emotions.
Music As Written For The Film: 4/5
Music As Heard On The Album: 3/5