Old But Gold: Interview with the Vampire

Yesterday I watched Interview with the Vampire for the first time, which was clearly a huge mistake. I missed out on a fantastic movie with impeccable acting – and if there’s something I just LOVE, it’s good acting. I must admit that I’ve never been fond of Brad Pitt nor Tom Cruise but I opened my mind, and believe me when I say that their portrayals in this movie were nothing less than supernatural. Simply not from this world. Being a huge Buffy fan, I was very enthusiastic about a vampire movie since I love everything involving vampires (EXCEPT FOR TWILIGHT). Whiny vampires are annoying – and it even includes Angel…

Interview with the Vampire centers around two vampires – one is Lestat who is a killer ¬†longing for a companion while the other one, Louis, can’t bear to kill humans. I know it sounds like some Twilight whiny thing, but it isn’t. One night, Louis is followed by a journalist in San Francisco who wants to interview him, and Louis tells him that he has been a vampire for 200 years. Then he goes on to tell the story about how Lestat sired him (made him a vampire) and how unhappy he is with the life as a vampire. We simply follow a story about two vampires who can’t get along and whose lives change when they meet the psycho-killer-to-be Claudia.

Considering the above, Interview with the Vampire is not just a vampire movie – it’s a movie involving vampires. It’s cinema at its best and it’s a fascinating story carried by deep, believable characters. This movie is philosophical while it is backed up by the rich mythology on vampires, as the vampirism is merely used as a plot device. Interview with the Vampire represents different takes on life – we have Louis who was already depressed when he turned into a vampire, and he thinks that eternity is a curse and that he will always suffer. On the other hand, we have Lestat who is living life without looking back or thinking what the future will bring. Contrary to Louis, Lestat doesn’t care about killing humans because it’s just “survival of the fittest”: humans eat animals and vampires eat humans – something Louis finds monstrous, yet he might need it in order to survive.

Interview with the Vampire is a beautifully directed movie with world class acting. Excuse my French, but Tom Cruise is the sh*t! He IS Lestat in this movie, as he is creepy and he conveys the sense of moral ambiguity that Lestat represents being demonically gleeful. Brad Pitt does an incredible job portraying Louis’ strong and weak sides – most importantly, he manages to maintain constant melancholy without crossing the line into whiny annoyance. Kirsten Dunst (who I didn’t even recognize at first since she is only 12 years old in this movie) plays Claudia with perfection. Playing a 12-year-old who has wisdom beyond her appearance is challenging but Dunst manages to be a crucial part of the movie’s most suspenseful moments. We have to wait for more than an hour to see Antonio Banderas but he didn’t impress me as much as the aforementioned because he is just the same in every movie.

This masterpiece, which is erroneously called a horror movie, has the power to disturb, induce laughter, sorrow, and excitement, and is a visual feast for the eyes. No matter if you like vampirism or not, you need to watch this movie – I’m disappointed that it took me 22 years to watch it myself! Interview with the Vampire deserves 5 out of 5 clapperboards as it simply defines the vampire film genre with the philosophical questions it brings out.

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