‘Interview With The Vampire’ Review: AMC, Anne Rice Adaptation

tv reviewI will say one thing about AMC’s new move interview with the devil: It’s not subtle. But then again, no one is looking for a sneaky Anne Rice adaptation, right? Rice’s best-selling gothic vampire novel deliriously revels in sex, blood, and passion, and it vampire Series — premieres Sunday, October 2 at 10/9c; I’ve seen the first three episodes – definitely delivers on those things in spades. It is lavishly melodramatic and really disturbs with a great visual style, but the melodrama turns out to be absurd at times. Some will fall in love with this adaptation, I guess… and some will love to hate it.

Interview with Vampire AMC Molloy Eric BogosianFifty years after their first encounter, the bewildered vampire Louis, played by game of Thrones‘ Jacob Anderson tracks down troubled journalist Daniel Molloy to help tell the story of his life. (It’s the rare TV show where the framing device is almost as interesting as the main story, thanks to pointed references to current events and Eric Bogosian’s cerebral turn as the crabby, Molloy.) Louie’s story, steeped in sex and violence is, takes us back to the brothels and illegal gambling halls of 1910 New Orleans – and his status as a black man in the South is a factor here as well. He meets Lestat (Sam Reid), a sweet-voiced French charmer who takes Louis under his wing and deals with everything from proper food and bedtime rituals to the mystical art of mind-reading, the bloodthirsty. guides him through the methods.

vampireThe premiere weaves a charming magic, topped in all the best ways with beautiful period costumes and production designs that recall Boardwalk Empire And Nikki With a supernatural twist. The visual effects are over the top too, with cool touches like the skin of a vampire basking in the sun a bit and Lestat chilling time to talk telepathically with Louie. Writer Rollin Jones (Perry Mason, Friday night Lights) and Emmy-winning director Alan Taylor (game of Thrones, the Sopranos) bring serious prestige TV credits, and they make some bold story choices. The novel’s homosexual subtext becomes clear text here, with Louis and Lestat becoming locked in a deep infatuation. As they share an erotic three-pronged effort with a prostitute, Lestat sinks his teeth into Louie’s neck—and the initial force of her bite sends the two of them floating in the air.

Interview with Vampire AMC Lestate Sam ReedThe initial thrill of being a vampire eventually ceases, however, giving rise to more mundane concerns, and so does interview with the devil, After that dazzling premiere, Louie’s story becomes less interesting as she gets bogged down by her exhausting family issues. Anderson has serious fire and gravity as Louis, making him a solid, sympathetic lead. But I’m a little torn on Reid as Lestat: He has a hypnotic, supernatural quality that is at times mesmerizing… and ridiculous at other times. (Note: Child vampire Claudia, played by Kirsten Dunst in the 1994 film, doesn’t appear in the first three episodes, but casting an older teen in the role—Bailey Bass plays her here—essentially ups some of the shock factor. blunts.)

as much fun to watch vampire While derailed, it gets lost in its own indulgences at times, with overly screaming matches set to a blazing score that seems to camp. (This is a show where the question “Did you ate the baby?” is asked in earnest. And not just once!) There’s a hint HannibalWild blood craves, but it’s not nearly as sophisticated as that gory masterpiece. yet it vampire manages to find moments of lyrical beauty amidst all the extras. Louis advised Molloy at one point to “let the story draw you in,” and for a while, the story really fascinated me…

The bottom line: AMC’s beautiful new beginnings interview with the devil Certainly bold and seductive, but it also often comes across as camp.

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