By Brett Mullins
Directed by Neil Jordan
In San Francisco, a two hundred year old Vampire sits down with a reporter to tell his life story that begins in Louisiana and spans across the Atlantic and back.
This is a star studded film featuring major performances by Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and a young Kirsten Dunst and minor roles by Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater. With that being said, the film has a bit of a lackluster feel surrounding these actors. Cruise portrays Lestat, a manipulative, homoerotic vampire the audience meets early on; however, this role does not fit well with Cruise’s mannerisms and strengths. Pitt appears to fit his role well as the protagonist, but his character seems to be apathetic and a follower throughout much of the film. The adolescent Dunst somewhat bests her co-stars with a convincing performance of a decades old vampire stuck in a child’s body.
The film does well to flesh out moral dilemmas involving those who feast on blood. Louis (Brad Pitt) and Lestat (Tom Cruise) are in conflict regarding the ethics of murder. Louis clings to the maxim that killing humans is wrong and results to drinking the blood of rats, while Lestat indulges on the flesh of beautiful women. This further illustrates that the life of the vampire is not luxurious, as the corresponding mythology presumes, and hints toward a feeling of impending doom that is as dark as the night itself.
Despite this indepth look at various moral dilemmas, the audience does not learn much about the history of the beast in the end, which is rather disappointing. This sums up a great deal of the film: not bad but disappointing.
Interview with the Vampire features several recognizable faces and nice visuals; however, the story is lacking just a bit.