216th Movie Review: Interview With The Vampire (1994)

An interesting take on a vampire tale that fails to satisfy your insatiable hunger

[Warning: Spoilers ahead!]

If there’s one thing that fascinates me the most about the vampires in this me, it would be this: that they’re GAY!

Yeah, and I could prove it to you. Go to boxofficemojo and check this movie out, it’s the second-most successful gay-themed movie released in America. But don’t bash me, I have nothing against gay people, this was just something interesting that I discovered.

But enough of that, let’s focus on the actual movie. The film retells the life story of Louis (Brad Pitt), an old yet young vampire, who witnesses love, betrayal, loneliness and hunger after hundreds of years of mortality. He tells his tale to a reporter (Christian Slater), who seemed to convey an unrealistic reaction to the fact that he was interviewing a vampire.

Louis is turned into a vampire by Lestat (Tom Cruise), who ends up necking Louis to complete the process (It was kinda disturbing to see the two hottest actors in Hollywood doing that, especially if they’re 17 years younger in the movie, but oh well). They are joined by a young companion, Claudia (Kirsten Dunst), who lost her parents due to the plague. Louis intended to kill Claudia, making her his first “human feast”. Unfortunately, Lestat had other plans and decided to transform her into a vampire too, making her their daughter.

Eventually, Claudia discovers that she will never grow old (she wanted to have boobs) and blames it on Lestat more than Louis. She poisons Lestat (how she did it you’ll have to see herself) and accompanies Louis as they travel around the world searching for ‘immortals’ like them. They did find it, although it wasn’t what they expected nor wanted. (P.S. They found Antonio Banderas)

I’m going to end the story there, as there are still lots of fascinating things I left out. The most critical observation I had about the movie was that the two actors, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, doesn’t seem to fit their characters, and their hairs. Their acting was okay, but I think they’re just to pretty to be a vampire, unless that was the point of the director to portray vampires as beautiful instead of muscular. Both actors are charming and dashing indeed, but Kirsten Dunst stole their thunder in portraying the innocent yet savage Claudia. She has to be one of the creepiest (and deadliest) child characters ever, and I keep wondering as to why she’s not as good as she was before with her three Spider-Man performances.

The elements of a vampire, the facts and fallacies, how they live and how they die, are slowly and carefully revealed, which helps set the pace of the movie. However, things slowly fade away and the film loses its momentum as the film ends in a horrible conclusion.

In the end, the movie transforms you into a vampire. It makes you quench for more blood, and as you slowly consume it, you realize that you want more. It provides you some more until it can no longer give you what you want, and ultimately it leaves you unsatisfied and starves you to death. It was totally interesting, yet unsatisfactory.

GRADE: C

External Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes: 60% Fresh, 5.9/10 Rating

Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10 User Rating

Metacritic: 59/100

 

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One thought on “216th Movie Review: Interview With The Vampire (1994)

  1. Great review. You shed some new light on this movie for me. But personally, this movie just didn’t do it for me. The plot lacked direction in general and left me feeling unsatisfied. I will say the vampires were classy and suave, but I don’t think that’s enough to make a compelling movie.

    I also got the chance to review this film on my Horror Movie blog. I could always use some feedback from other critics if you get the chance. But keep up the good work.

    http://horrormoviemedication.blogspot.com/2013/03/interview-with-vampire-vampire.html#view

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