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Throwback Thursday Interview with the Vampire Reviewed by Kyle Jonathan Did Tom Cruise ‘cut it’ as Vampire Lestat?

by James Murphy

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

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It was always a controversial casting choice: Tom Cruise, hero / romantic lead and box office draw..playing a vampire. To my mind, it worked and worked well. And it’s a shame that we never saw more from this iteration, though Cruise is back to the supernatural in The Mummy (2017). I also think Neil Jordan one of the most underrated of Directors.

So, for a full post mortem..we have Kyle Jonathan on the case šŸ˜‰Ā 

Kyle..the floor is yours!

Neil Jordan’s vampire epic is a homoerotic pressure cooker that oozes with Gothic atmosphere. A skin deep melodrama housed in a palace of inhuman beauty, Interview is a staple of vampire melodramatic cinema.

Louis is a vampire who has decided to tell his life story to a reporter. What follows is a chronicle of his transformation, his resistance to the hunt, and his ultimate acceptance of his condition.His undead mentor is Lestat, a vicious predator who revels in his existence. As Louis travels the world in search of answers, he encounters various creatures of the night and experiences love, loss, and vengeance.

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A mainstream exercise in style over substance, Malcolm Middleton’s jaw dropping art design paired with Sandy Powell’s enticing costume design are the centerpieces of this film. The entire story hinges on the visual presentation of the various personas who haunt the dirty streets of New Orleans and Paris. The idea of immortals wearing various, ever changing ensembles is palpable, with the eyes of the soulless dead being the anchor of Louis’ confessional. Every set piece is presented with intimate attention to detail that only enhances the action when it occurs.

Brad Pitt gives a solid performance as the soulful Louis, but it’s eclipsed by Tom Cruise’s Lestat. Giving one of the best performances of his career, Cruise juggles the notions of elegant monster and scorned lover with delicate contempt and unhinged fury in equal portions.

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Kirsten Dunst delivers a breakout performance as Claudia, the pair’s surrogate daughter who embraces her vampiric existence with passion initially, but eventually cannot reconcile with her eternal youth. Antonio Banderas and Stephen Rea portray Parisian vampires who offer clues to Louie’s tortured existence laced with longing and contempt. Christian Slater rounds out the caster as the human interviewer, acting as the audience’s conduit to the fantastical events as they unfold.

Anne Rice, the author of the novel on which the film is based, wrote the screenplay which is a combination of steamy, forbidden fruit, and genuinely cheesy abandon. There are laugh out loud moments of feigned sincerity that derail the emotional synthetics, but also keep the film grounded in the popcorn fun category.

The film attempts a deep examination of desire and rebuke that works, but fails to plumb more intriguing ideas in its summation. Love is gained, discarded, and then recycled over and over, so much so that by the end, the viewer is left waiting for more Lestat, despite the admirable attempts of the other players. Rice’s vision is given life by the prolific Phillip Rousselot’s engaging cinematography that stalwartly captures the drama with an unobtrusive demeanor.

 

Available now on Amazon Prime, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a beautiful disaster. Amazing fashion and lush set designs are the threads that bind the story together, producing a surface level entry into the vampire mythos that is a joy to experience, even if it’s ramifications are forgetful.

 

About Kyle:

Kyle has been a child welfare social worker for 13 years and life long film fan. He recently decided to put his passion for film on display as a blogger and amateur film critic at Podcastingthemsoftly and The Movie SleuthĀ and 39FramesĀ covering films from all genres, time periods, and countries.

Kyle prides himself on always focusing on the positive aspects of films and keeping his reviews short and spoiler free. A few of Kyle’s favorite filmmakers are David Lynch, Shane Carruth, Jonathan Glazer, Terence Malick, Luis Bunuel, and John Carpenter. Kyle is a fan of film in all of it’s form. Favorite Films include Mulholland Drive, Upstream Color, Under the Skin, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Beyond the Black Rainbow, and The Exterminating Angel.

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