Monday, December 09, 2002

Movie Review - Queen of the Damned

I really enjoyed this movie.

At first I was disappointed that Tom Cruise was not playing The Vampire Lestat, as he did in the movie, Interview with a Vampire. I thought he was a very good vampire. Wicked and charming. However I don't think the Lestat he created would have fit this movie as well. I believe this movie is based on another Anne Rice book, as Interview with a Vampire was, so there was a connection, but it was fragmentary. They really didn't reference Interview at all, so you could see this movie without the other. Actually it would probably be better if you haven't seen Interview first.

What I mean is that this movie is so very different. It's Rock and Roll Goth. It's the Crow with a little dark romanticisim and a lot of fantasy.

It is a little bloody here and there, these are vampires after all, but it's not gory. The story bounces a little, but keeps on track well.

My complaint, hey you can't have a good review without one, is about character development. The heroin in the movie gets a good amount of development, but poor Lestat is left unclear. Perhaps this was done on purpose, but you don't really get a clear understanding of his motives ever. They seem to swing back and forth from selfish and evil to loyal and strong. I can't say more without giving away important aspects of the movie.

The acting was good all the way around. There was a little uncertainty whether the story made the characters confused at certain times or if the actors didn't portray the right emotions. But that's just nit-picking.

The end of the movie is amazing. It's very simple but if you have a true love, some one who you want to spend eternity with, you'll understand exactly what I mean.

Oh, one last thing. This is not a scary movie at all. There are no moments to make a person jump or creepy scenes. It's the vampire romance that has captivated people for the last 100 years or so.

Out of 5, I give Queen of the Damned a 4.

No comments: