The main characters were predictable and somehow lost my attention midway. I found the side characters more interesting. Carl, the friar, who showed more courage than the main characters, at least, the courage that I could relate too. He knew nothing about fighting, yet, he was brave enough to step through the portal and tried to protect the werewolf-antidote. As a humble human's point of view, I would be terrified running in an evil vampire's castle with flying brides and broken bridge. In screeching screams, he was courageous enough to save some villagers who were just strangers to him. If I was him, I might just be content with the books and tucked myself safely in the royal castle. That was another point interesting about Carl. He took an interest in books or reading information about the monsters that Van Helsing and he were going against. Without him, Van Helsing wouldn't realize the only way to kill Dracula was a werewolf's bite.
Carl was one interesting character indeed but the one that took the crown for me would be Frankenstein. His agonizing fate and his good will was almost too humane. He was created as a key, as a tool, not as a pure desire for a son. That in itself was a tragedy to begin with. Then, humans who were afraid because of his monstrous appearance burned down his home and killed his only loved one: his father. Naturally and humanly, he despised humans. His good heart triumphed in the end, however. Despite being locked down and tied with chains, he offered his sincere help in the carriage to his kidnappers who at the time didn't regard him as a being. That would qualify as a moment of truth, a proof that Frankenstein was the one with the heart of gold or of Buddha. Frankly, every other character was in the fight for their own personal reason, i.e to get revenge, to do their job, to make dead babies come alive, etc. Frankenstein was the only one got dragged into it but actually thought for others, even at the price of his own life. His only wish was to exist peacefully and he was grateful beyond measured just by a simple sincere "thank you".
I know Van Helsing was supposed to be a scary movie and Frankenstein was supposed to be regarded as less than human, as a pawn in a chess match. However, he was the one that touched my heart in this movie. Thinking about the society we're in, I appreciate how pure this Frankenstein character is. He didn't ask or expect much from anyone and he was greatly grateful when someone didn't try to harm him. He would go to the extra mile of risking his life for some little true friendship he had. Most of all, he was more humane than many born humans and he was created, as a tool to awake monsters. How did our society deteriorate like this? We had people going around killing others, or stealing from others because of their greed or selfishness. Why? We, at least, look human, not crooked and patched up like Frankenstein. We have a beating heart that is capable of full range of emotions and feelings. Why don't we fill it with love, compassion, and forgiveness?
Anyhow, that was some melancholy thoughts at this time of the year for me. Perhaps so much things had happened, both in my personal life and in society (my condolence to Newtown community, especially for Sandy Hook victims' families), that dampens the jolly cheer of my voice. I am especially grateful though. This year, so much things have happened, some bad and some good. I lost people dear to me and found someone I've been looking for. Thank you. To Fate, to Destiny, to Universe, to whoever out there, I'm really thankful for what I have and who I have.
I wish you all a merry holiday season, a time to be grateful for what you have and be happy with whoever you are with. And I hope you all will have good luck and more happiness in the coming year! (I mean, after all, we survived the Mayan apocalypse, that was a really good sign for better luck ;) )
P/S: I have deactivated my Facebook for infinity. The best way to contact me is to email me or to leave a comment. Although Gille's story is finished, no release date for any story in the foreseeable future. :)