Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994): 10 out of 10: Adaptation of the Anne Rice novel that has aged like a fine red wine. Not that the vampires would know they never drink the stuff.
The Good: This movie is better now than it was when it came out. The actors are more established. You don’t have that silly controversy about Tom Cruise as Lestat. (He is incredible, by the way). The theme of being forever young really hits home as you see these guys (and a gal) from twenty-five years ago. In a way, actors are a lot like vampires, forever young on the screen.
The Bad: This really isn’t a bad per se. I know that Christian Slater was a thing back when this movie was made. He doesn’t ruin the film or anything, but he is definitely the weakest link.
The Ugly: When one lists child actors that went on to adult stardom (Jodie Foster, Ron Howard, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman) you know who never seems to be mentioned? Kirsten Dunst. I am not saying she is the best actor in this movie… okay; I am. She is fantastic, I always wondered why she never seemed to get the credit for it as other actors and actresses have.
In conclusion: It is actually hard to review a film like this. If you haven’t seen it, go see it. If it has been a while since you saw it, see it again. It will surprise you how young everyone looks. It will amaze you how overt the homosexual subtext really was. You will ask yourself what did America see in Christian Slater all those years ago. You will see youth and beauty preserved forever with porcelain skin and empty eyes.