There is a lot to be scared by in this movie based on the Bram Stoker novel, but, I’ll be damned, the scariest thing I can think of is Keanu Reeves horrific British accent.
Now, I’ll be honest, I was not alive yet in 1992, so I don’t exactly what the acting scene was like. But I have to imagine there was at least one actor somewhere who could do a British accent. Maybe some one from Britain? I don’t know, just a theory. But, for some reason, they decided to cast Keanu Reeves, who very much can not do one.
Now, full disclosure. I like Keanu Reeves. He seems like a genuinely good guy. But, the reason people like him is not because he is a world class actor (see the “I know kung fu” line from The Matrix). They love him because he is Keanu Reeves.
Reeves, poor, attempt at a British accent leaves most of his line readings coming across as very wooden and emotionless. And, then when he’s in scenes with world class actors like Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman, Reeves’ poor performance is only highlighted and made to look even worse. It’s honestly kind of distracting in any scene he’s in. It just feels like a very strange miscast in another wise well cast movie (Gary Oldman as Dracula is incredibly creepy and menacing).
Again, I really like Keanu Reeves in most of his movies. I don’t want this to seem like I’m hating on the guy for a movie he did almost 30 years ago. It’s just my take away.