Twenty-eight years later Interview with a Vampire by Neil Jordan (adapting the novel of the same name by Anne Rice), the AMC channel has embarked on an unexpected adventure: a new iteration of the well-known story of the vampire Lestat and his victim, Louis de Pointe du Lac . To succeed Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, it’s sam reid (2:22) and Jacob Anderson (game of thrones) who have the heavy task of taking over the vampire duo. A mission that was not won in advance since the first images of the series had not really convinced us.
With the trailer ofInterview With the Vampire, we expected the worst. And yet, it would seem that it is not so much the imagined catastrophe. Indeed, while the first two episodes of the series have already landed on American screens, many journalists have already had access to the first five (out of seven in all), giving a relatively positive overall feeling. Newspaper.
“An excellent adaptation of Anne Rice’s 1976 vampire classic. The series alters certain elements of the original book in a way that works very well, and should surprise fans, although it may also frustrate purists. I I didn’t see the time pass by the five episodes AMC showed us, and I was relieved to find that the intricacy of Rice’s writing, of her sultry creatures, survived in this small-screen transposition. I was also delighted with the excellent acting performances and the very rich production of sets and costumes.” Matthew Gilbert- Boston Globe
“[La série] manages to be both intellectual and carnal in a way that isn’t often seen on television and that one could even say was missing from the version of [Neil] Jordan.” Brian Tallerico – The Playlist
“Since Mads Mikkelsen’s interpretation as Hannibal Lecter, no fictional character has killed with such poetry and intensity. Jacob Anderson has the most difficult task: to embody Louis who is a tortured and anguished spirit.” Tara Ariano- Vanity Fair
“The introduction of vampire child Claudia (eerily convincing Bailey Bass in the role that made Kirsten Dunt famous) slows the action down a bit with not-so-subtle metaphors about having unordinary parents. However, the series does not drag on with sermons or generalizations à la Ryan Murphy. It all works, as Louis and Lestat are very distinct characters, facing difficult dilemmas. After months of excitement for everything and nothing, Interview With the Vampire is the real sensation of the moment.“ Judy Berman- Time
“Much better than the 1994 film, Interview With the Vampire does more than have Ann Rice’s name added to its title. [La série] updates its story in an ambitious way, introducing a strong societal component while serving us in abundance with sex and violence. Desperate to replace The Walking Dead, AMC may have pulled off the unlikely handover between its zombies and a new kind of undead.” Brian Lowry- CNN
“Interview With the Vampire manages to skillfully mix its gothic aesthetic with its farcical relationship between immortals. However, the series is in trouble as soon as it takes its gaze away from its intriguing main characters.“ Darren Franich- Entertainment Weekly
“Since the torments and frustrations between the two vampires must somehow erupt, Louis and Lestat often find themselves yelling far too melodramatic dialogue at each other… Interview With the Vampire n’ never misses the opportunity, revealing how the series only manages to break the monotony with dramatic explosions or moments of (often impressive) gory violence, like a vampire punch impaling the face of somebody.” Nick Allen- RobertEbert.com
“The first episodes of the series are bursting with energy and an almost rococo sense of humor. The moment of grace fades rather quickly, however. In the following episodes, the sex and the blood give way to the discussion… The problem with the show, as it goes on, is that it keeps making you want to look at your posts instead of watching it.” Mike Hale- The New York Times
Apart from a few complaints about the slowness, the dialogues or a surplus of melody, the press seems quite unanimous on the qualities of the series. Often described as bold, funny and deep, Interview With the Vampire seems to be doing very well on its first episodes. Better still, some speak of an adaptation of the work of Anne Rice even more successful than Neil Jordan’s film. A rather surprising opinion that many fans of the 1994 version will doubt, but frankly intriguing for the rest of the mortals.
The treatment of the relationship between Lestat and the character of Louis would in any case be the central heart of the series, involving a much more ambiguous (even explicit in certain aspects) exploration of their life together, over several eras. A plot that, from afar, makes one think of the Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch, which is not to displease us.
Interview With the Vampire will continue its broadcast in the United States, now having to bow to the demands and criticism of the public, week after week, without any release date planned in France for the moment.