Van Helsing – the film that puts the ‘OTT’ in ‘Gotthick.’
Gloriously awful, it is, whether you’re playing ‘Spot the Gothic literary reference,’ ‘Count the buckles,’ ‘Second-guess the eight-foot-high storyline signposting,’ ‘Work out exactly how many Bond films they watched,’ or just plain falling off your seat at the sheer lunacy of it all. OK, so I was absolutely in the mood for mindless fun (and hence ‘out of their minds fun’ was a bonus), but really – that’s one of the funniest films I’ve seen in years. It is a comedy, right? Right?
And what’s with Kate Beckinsale? Is she only making vampire vs. werewolf flicks these days? Does she have a contract rider requiring corsets and very tight trousers? Or has she finally given up taking herself remotely seriously?