REVIEW: Netflix's Castlevania is a Bloody Good Time
Throughout the years, many people have put an effort towards making their own adaptations of video games. Most of them don’t go very well, or they change something fundamental about the original story, and it goes downhill from there. Castlevania, on the other hand, follows a different path.
Netflix’s Castlevania takes place after the third installment of the video game series, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. It takes place in 1476 after Dracula has started his cruel destruction of Wallachia. It follows Trevor Belmont, of the House of Belmonts, Sypha Belnades, a speaker magician, and Alucard, Dracula’s son. The series follows them on their reluctant quest to stop Dracula.
The first season is very short with only 4 episodes, but it does a fantastic job at setting the stage for the series. It gives really good motivation for Dracula and his quest to destroy humanity, and introduces all three of the main characters very well. The second season has a lot more going on, as it has 8 episodes and is at the height of the conflict. It brings in a lot more characters and interesting subplots. The original game, since it was only a non-linear platformer, only really focused on the game-play aspects (of course) and not necessarily characterization and development. This left the creators with a lot of room to work with, and probably what led it to be as good as it is.
Another interesting detail about the show is how it adapts the stages of the game. In the game from 1989, there were 16 different stages to play through, and despite the current 12 episodes of the series, almost all of the stages are there. The series does its best at putting the different stages in the show, but not quite in the same order as the game. It works out in the end though, because everything fits together really well.
The show only has a few downfalls, however, with the main one being the darkness and grittiness of it. The dark aspects of the show fit with everything, but it’s more the gore that seems to be an issue. At some points during the show, the bloodiness of it seems overdone, and unneeded. With that being said, the gore does not distract from the show, it just seems to be more than needed.
Overall, the series is a great adaptation of a great game and it does a good job at bringing the story to a new audience. It captures the main setting and elements of the game, while adding more depth to all the characters, especially Dracula.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10