Interview With the Vampire: the first opinions on the vampire series have fallen

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A new adaptation of Anne Rice's work, the Interview With the Vampire series has just started airing on the AMC channel and the reviews are quite positive.

Twenty-eight years after Interview with the 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, Sam Reid (2:22) and Jacob Anderson (Games of Thrones) who have the daunting 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 of< strong>Interview With the Vampire, we expected the worst. And yet, it seems 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

“[The show] manages to be both intellectual and carnal in a way that isn't often seen on television and that [Neil] Jordan's version might even be said to lack.” Brian Tallerico – The Playlist

“Since Mads Mikkelsen's interpretation of Hannibal Lecter, no fictional character has had 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. series doesn't drag on with sermons or Ryan Murphy-esque generalizations. It all works, as Louis and Lestat are very distinct characters, facing difficult dilemmas. After months of excitement over 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. [The series] ambitiously updates its narrative, introducing a strong societal component while serving us to an abundance of sex and violence. Desperate to replace The Walking Dead, AMC could have succeeded in the improbable passing of the baton between its zombies and a new type of living dead.” Brian Lowry – CNN

“Interview With the Vampire manages to deftly mix its gothic aesthetic with its farcical relationship between immortals. However, the series is in trouble as soon as it takes its eyes of 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 chance, revealing how the series only manages to break the monotony with a dramatic explosion or moments of (often impressive) gore violence, like a vampire punch impaling the face from someone.” Nick Allen –

“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 some complaints about the slowness, the dialogues or a surplus of melodrama, the press seems quite unanimous on the qualities of the series.Often described as daring, funny and deep, Interview With the Vampireseems to be doing very well on its first episodes. Better still, some speak of an adaptation of Anne Rice's work even more successful than Neil Jordan's film. A rather startling view that many fans of the 1994 version will doubt, but frankly intriguing to the rest of 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 much more exploration ambiguous (even explicit on certain aspects) of their life together, over several periods. A plot that, from a distance, is reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, which is not displeasing to us.

Interview With the Vampire will continue to air 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.

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