Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
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The undead are among us and livelier than ever when Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and a talented group of young-bloods star in Interview with the Vampire, the spellbinding screen adaptation of Anne Rice's best seller that's "one the best films of the year" (Caryn James, The New York Times). Award-winning box-office favorite Cruise stylishly plays the supremely evil and charismatic vampire Lestat. Pitt is Louis, lured by Lestat into the immortality of the damned, then tormented by an unalterable fact of vampire life: to survive, he must kill. Stephen Rea, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater and newcomer Kirsten Dunst also star. One lifetime alone offers plenty of opportunities for the savage revelries of the night. Imagine what an eternity can bring. Hypnotically directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), Interview with the Vampire offers enough thrills, shocks and fiendish fun to last a lifetime...and beyond.
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Elegant, sophisticated, beautifully scripted, acted, paced, & filmed, "Interview with the Vampire" is among my top five favorite Vampire movies. No other Vampire film, other than Gary Oldman's Oscar worthy performance in "Bram Stoker's Dracula," delves as deep in a character study of Vampires & how it would be like to be a Vampire from their point of view.
A broad 200 year perspective of the life of Brad Pitts Vampire character, "Louie," the reluctant Vampire who finally succumbs to his fate of feeding on human blood, & in his quest for enlightenment of what he is, he finds out, if anything, he is a Vampire.
The story of a surprisingly great performance of Tom Cruise's, "Lestat," who sees "the dark gift" as everything he could ever want, except companionship, what he wants the most, & realizes the least. Cruise steals the show in his glee for sucking the blood out of the living, & his indignation for turning "Louie" in to a Vampire that still has respect for human life, in a barrage of cold blooded murders, & ranting at "Louie" with black comedic hilarity, yet shocking indifference to life, to the point of sadomasochism . Also, a very young Kristen Dunst's, "Claudia", who also steals the show & matches Lestat bite for bite in the quest for blood, & the sport it brings. A hugely great & complicated performance for such a young girl!
"Interview with the Vampire" is a thinking man's horror film, one that reaches down deep, not just to bring you cheap scares & shallow predictable characters, but a rich tapestry of what it means to be a Vampire, & all the consequences that goes with it.
Personally, I found this really hard to get into. I know many fans of the novel, and Rice's contributions to literature in general. I'm not her target audience, I know that. I'm not a follower, I've never read her work and the whole vampire craze is lost on me. That being said, I do enjoy movies of all genres and so for me the themes and subject would not be an issue if the film were constructed well. Instead, this brooding piece of boredom misses so many golden opportunities and winds up being a nonsensical mess that fails to capitalize on all the potential it has. The story itself is rather intriguing, but Neil Jordan fails to do anything exciting with the material. Instead, he cuts back and forth and serves up segments of scenes that are supposed to create a whole but wind up becoming rather lost in this sea of mundane. The tone of the film is so low-key that it winds up being horribly boring and uneventful, even in the moments of supposed high intensity.
Another detractor is the uneven performances. Brad Pitt plays Louis as if he was sleepwalking through the film, and Tom Cruise is so over the top eccentric that the two feel as if they were in two separate films altogether. As mismatched as they are, Antonio Bandaras takes the film to a whole new low when he pops up. A truly ridiculous performance and in fact, his whole segment just feels so soap opera cheap. At least Kirstin Dunst serves up some savage realness. It's a tremendous performance trapped in a terrible movie.