Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Antonia Banderas
Drink from me and live forever
The young and up and coming journalist Daniel Molloy is set to have the interview of his life when he is invited by the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac to write down his story. Louis starts to reveal everything about his life and how he was turned by a vampire named Lestat back in 1791.
Louis describes all the ups and downs of being a vampire and how he was educated in living with the so-called “dark gift” that he has been given. His story is filled with love, guilt, loyalty and the feeling of being an outsider of the world.
Interview With A Vampire is something so rare as a big budget horror film from the 90’s. It is also the first adaptation of the highly successful Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice. As always with adaptations from books, the film has to cut down a lot from the story in the book, but with Anne Rice herself writing the screenplay, they were able to keep the most important parts in the film and made it into a very respectable adaptation that fans of the book should be able to approve and enjoy.
The story is told from the perspective of Louis and that’s handled very well in the film and also makes sense considering the story they were trying to adapt to the big screen. Brad Pitt does a good portrayal of the fragile soul of Louis and the character will get sympathy from the viewer, especially from the ladies. His maker and sort of enemy in this film, Lestat, is played quite playfully by Tom Cruise who gave a great and energetic performance as the arrogant, bloodthirsty, but yet lovable vampire. Praise should also go out to the very young child actress Kirsten Dunst who plays the little girl turned vampire Claudia. The strange family of these three is interesting enough for a movie, even if this one delivers even more interesting characters and stories.
Director Neil Jordan does a great job in making the story work for the big screen and the excellent visual look and design of the film is both suiting and praiseworthy. Just like I was with the first two books by Anne Rice, I was totally sold and fascinated by the world of the vampires in this film. What brings it down a notch though is that the last part with the theatre isn’t all that great, although I can see why they needed that part to be in this in order to deliver an acceptable ending to the story.
The film also leaves a lot to be desired, I wish they had been able to tell more of Lestat’s story, even if that would require a much longer running time and would practically be nearly impossible to do. A more thrilling ending would also be nice, but I do feel that everyone behind this project did a great job and did as much as they could with adapting this story to the big screen. Interview With The Vampire is a fine film, regardless of its flaws, and I find myself revisiting it every now and then, wishing that more of this world would be put in movie format (ignoring the Queen of the Damned adaptation we would get several years later).