Interview with the Vampire (1994)

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Interview with the Vampire (1994)
  • Time: 123 min
  • Genre: Horror | Romance
  • Director: Neil Jordan
  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas

Storyline:

It hadn’t even been a year since a plantation owner named Louis had lost his wife in childbirth. Both his wife and the infant died, and now he has lost his will to live. A vampire named Lestat takes a liking to Louis and offers him the chance to become a creature of the night: a vampire. Louis accepts, and Lestat drains Louis’ mortal blood and then replaces it with his own, turning Louis into a vampire. Louis must learn from Lestat the ways of the vampire.

One review

  • Perhaps it’s a bit curious that my favorite book is also my favorite movie, such is the case with Interview with the Vampire, and I’ve wondered whether my love for the story and the themes I connect with so much made me miss some faults with the movie. But the more I re-watch it, the more I am convinced it is a genuine masterpiece that deserves much more recognition than it gets.

    From the cinematography to the acting, everything is spectacular. The establishing shot of the San Francisco bridge with the modern city glittering in the background to the music of “Libera Me” is one of the most haunting and beautiful movie intros I have ever seen. I think the film, even though it has both major and minor differences from the novel, is so successful because it manages to bring to life the style of the novel. Some plots are skipped or shortened in order to fit into the two hour limit, but the frame lingers on precisely those subtle moments that matter most. Louis watching his final sunset, the tear that drops on his hand when he remembers Claudia, his resignation to having lost his “last breath of humanity” on that balcony in Paris…this is what constitutes intelligent pacing, in my opinion.

    The acting is also extraordinary. Kirsten Dunst usually gets the most praise for her performance, as she should, as it’s amazing how she handled the material at such a young age. But in my opinion, and I realize not all share it, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are incredible as well. Again, even with the minor differences, I felt that both actors were deeply in-tune with their characters, and gave the material full justice. I would be very surprised if they had not both read and mediated on the book thoroughly beforehand. As a film major, I think of myself as moderately knowledgeable about movies, yet I would struggle to name two more emotionally dedicated performances. It’s very curious to me why they haven’t worked together again, even just for the commercial success such a partnership would generate.

    If there are other film adaptations of the Chronicles, hopefully the same amount of commitment and understanding of the story will be involved. Queen of the Damned, even though there are a couple of things I liked about it, didn’t even try to give justice to the books.

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