Dir: Neil Jordan, Players: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Stephen Rea, Thandie Newton
Neil Jordan masterfully brings to life one of the greatest vampire stories as a great vampire film that puts the more modern vamps to shame. But no cinematic tale can truly come to life without the essential groundwork, especially not a period piece such as this. And in this case the groundwork is brilliantly laid in the forms of exquisite costume detail, set pieces and of course the immaculate hair and make-up.
Brad Pitt plays the titular vampire, Louis. He perfectly embodies the solemnity and cold calm of his character. Even his occasional whining, fits well and cannot bring down the exciting plot. However it is not Pitt but his costar Cruise who steals every scene and commands every frame with his wild and at times hilarious Lestat. Cruise is a rockstar of a vampire who is completely charismatic and constantly captivating in what is must be one of his greatest roles. However it is when both Pitt and Cruise share the screen that it truly begins to sizzle, they ooze with sexual tension, minus the sex. The two prove how excitement is not always found in big action scenes (in which this film is not lacking) but often, excitement is at it’s best when it flies back and forth in the words and gestures of two talented actors.
The supporting cast include a brilliantly brooding Antonio Banderas who becomes wise beyond his own years as the 400 year old vampire Armand and Kirsten Dunst is the same as the child vampire who before long is left a woman in a girls body who appears undeniably sweet above a bloodlusting and occasionally cruel core. And of course Stephen Rea, a favourite of director Neil Jordan, has a small role but his untamed theatre vampire perfectly displays how to inject life and unforgetability into a supporting part such as this.
Neil Jordan, being the masterful storyteller that he is, ties every element of this film together. From his mammoth actors right down to the embroidery of their fine costumes or their scary but enchanting make-up.
“Interview with the Vampire” is as wild, exciting and yet charming as it’s ant-hero Lestat, I would rate it a brilliant 8.1/10