Number of Times Seen – Twice (video in the 90’s and 13 Aug 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A vampire tells a reporter about his life in America and in Europe over a period of more than 2 Centuries.
My Take on it – This is a film that is based on a series of novels that isn’t quite able to translate its story to the screen as well as one might hope.
They were able to get some very big names in Hollywood to take part in this film, yet even their presence doesn’t manage to help make things more enjoyable.
Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas and Kirsten Dunst are all great actors, but something is missing from their performances that would have made this film so much better and much more poignant.
The way that they show how the world of Vampires runs parallel to the world we inhabit is done well despite the fact that something constantly feels off in the way that things are being shown that might have taken this story to greater heights.
The story drags along a bit too much and feels overly long despite the fact that it is only slightly over two hours yet this hurts the way that the story is perceived and that’s quite a shame because there is so much more potential here.
Some essential plot points have glaring hole sin them and that also takes away from the story since they are left completely open ended and in some cases not explained properly.
There is obviously a reason that this film never opened the way for more stories in this series to make it to the screen.
Bottom Line – Story that works much better on paper than on screen despite the big name stars attached to it. Cruise, Pitt, Banderas, Slater and Dunst are all great actors, but something seems missing from their work here that would make this story feel much more poignant, They do a nice job showing the way that the Vampire world works in parallel to our world, yet something feels off the entire time that would help bring this story to greater levels. The story is presented in an overly long fashion which hurts the way that this can all be perceived which is quite unfortunate. Certain essential plot points are not explained well enough and come across as being much too glaring than they probably should be. There’s a reason that this series never took off after this film was made…
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In an EW interview in September 2011, Brad Pitt revealed that he had a miserable experience while making this film. He recalled the discomfort of the makeup, colored contacts and particularly filming in an enclosed dark indoor area. He said at one point he called his friend and producer David Geffen and begged him for a way out. Learning that it would cost $40 million, he toughed it out for the remaining months. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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