Here’s our recommendation for Day 22:
‘Interview’ is one of those movies that you either love or hate; not many people are in the middle about it. They either love it because it brought some of their favorite characters to life – the vampire Lestat, brooding and tormented Louis (beautifully portrayed by Brad Pitt), little Claudia – or they hate it, because it spawned the era of the “romantic” vampire. (Some people also claim that it released Kirsten Dunst on the world, but we won’t go into that.)
Some might argue that vampires have always been romantic – the tall, dark, mysterious and handsome foreigner, able to make women swoon with a look or a touch. There are numerous “experts” on numerous “documentaries” about vampires who discuss the exchange of bodily fluids as being sexual, and therefore claim that vampires have always been about sex. In our book, vamps are monsters, not sex offenders.
Love it or hate it, ‘Interview With the Vampire’ definitely changed the way modern cinema looked at vampires. A relatively faithful screen version of Anne Rice’s 1976 book, the film was surrounded in controversy when casting was first announced, and it was the fault of one person: Tom Cruise.
“Lestat describes himself as six feet tall. He has blond hair that is not quite shoulder length, and that is rather curly, which sometimes appears white under fluorescent lighting. His eyes are gray, but they absorb the colors of blue or violet easily from surfaces around them. He has a short narrow nose, and a mouth that is well shaped, but has always been slightly large for his face. His mouth can look very mean or extremely generous, but always sensual. He has a continuously animated face.”
In other words, very much NOT what you think of when you think Tom Cruise. But naysayers were mostly silenced when the film was released.
The unhealthy co-dependent relationship between Lestat and Louis, the bromance between Louis and Armand, Lestat’s cruelty toward Louis – all of these translate well to the screen, mostly because Anne Rice herself was allowed to write the screenplay.
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen it, give it another shot. We promise, it’s just as good (or bad) as you remember.