Monday, May 18, 2009

Interview with a Vampire (1994)

What can I say, I like Interview with a Vampire. The film has a very cinematic look and feel to it, and offers a rich history and story behind an interesting and empathetic vampire. It captures the period nicely, with rich, colorful sets contrasted against the pale, lurid bloodsuckers. I never thought I would say this, but Kirsten Dunst offers the best performance as the voracious young vampiress. As for the rest of the cast, Cruise is overly eccentric, Pitt captures the emotion but not the accent or period, and Banderas is over the top, but none of the performances are bad enough to distract from the plot. Much of the credit is due to Rice's writing, who fleshed out each of the characters and made them more interesting than the played out ghoul in a black cape. There is plenty of blood, but not too much suspense or true horror. The film plays out more like Legends of the Fall than Dracula, spanning several decades and using death and revenge as the centrifugal forces driving the plot. Though Interview struggles with pacing at times and the plot lacks a clear, linear focus, it is very well shot and engaging, and recommended to any genre fan!

Rating: 9/10.



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2 comments:

  1. this movie was 120 minutes of body-numbing tedium. i tried to like it i really did. actually thats a lie. neil jordan is a great director though. 'butcher boy' still rates. i prefer 1983's 'the hunger' with david bowie for the more elaborate (pretentious?) take on the vampire mythos. maybe i just hate all the actors in interview with the vampire

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  2. This was the first time I have actually seen it start to finish, every other time I had only seen 20m clips out of context, and even though I typically dislike vampire movies, I was all in on this one. Cruise was annoying but at the same time I liked some of the dark humor he brought to the role, but Pitt was a 50/50, he was on sometimes but others his accent was distracting. I cant stand Kirsten Dunst after she destroyed Spider-man, but I have to give her credit here.

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