(out of 5)
Marvelous vampire horror film adapted by Anne Rice from her popular novel. A modern-day reporter (Christian Slater) in San Francisco sits down with a 400 year-old vampire (Brad Pitt) and finds out about his entire life history, starting from when he was turned to the world of the undead by a villainous companion (Tom Cruise), through to his relationship with their vampire child (Kirsten Dunst) and the terrible secret that nearly doomed him to eternal damnation on earth. Neil Jordan’s lush direction is the highlight of this exciting melodrama, aided by a sturdy performance by Pitt as the lonely, charismatic Louis and Dunst’s preternatural intelligence as Claudia, the girl who ages without physical change. Despite marketing him as the film’s star, Cruise’s role is less weighty than you’d be led to believe; considering the amount of derision voiced by Rice at casting him in the role, he fares a lot better than one might expect. Sandy Powell contributes beautiful costumes. Followed in 2002 by Queen of the Damned.
Directed by Neil Jordan
Screenplay by Anne Rice, based on her novel
Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Production Design by Dante Ferretti
Costume Design by Sandy Powell