First, the actors all did fine jobs, but all stopped short of giving great performances. I think Tom Cruise did a fantastic job, but there were times when I felt he broke character and overacted as Lestat. In one scene, heís a normal guy that happens to be a vampire and in the next, he seems like he was shot out of a Shakespeare play. As much as I like Brad Pitt, he fell into the same trap by portraying his character with a little inconsistency. At times he was whiny to the point of annoying and others he seemed more confident and powerful, but not in a sequence that makes sense. All the other characters did a fine job with what they had.
I also feel that the directing was pretty poor. Neil Jordan is a talented director, but he seemed to struggle a little bit here. One of the problems was with the very bad musical score that became distracting, especially during intense sequences. The transitions were poor and choppy at times, which distracted from the story.
As for the script, it also struggled. I can imagine that they had a hard time trying to convert Ann Riceís novel into a screenplay. There are so many details and plots that they had to leave out, otherwise they would have made a four hour movie, or longer. The problem is that there really is no in-between when youíre converting novels to screenplays. You either go like LORD OF THE RINGS and have virtually everything (yes, I know they left some stuff out) or you go like HARRY POTTER where you strip it down and focus on the important points. But the difference there is that those are long franchises. Vampire didnít have that benefit. So the movie felt like they inserted ideas and plots, but never fully developed them and therefore, the movie lost focus too many times. I would have liked to see it focus solely on Louis and Lestat and their relationship. Once the other characters got involved, the movie got distracted.
In the Shadow of the Vampire (29:27): All of the major players show up for this pedestrian making of featurette. Itís not bad, but itís just your average bits about the production on the film and then the actors give their thoughts on vampires and the genre in general. Obviously, a lot has changed in the genre since this was filmed, so a lot of their comments are outdated.
There is also a Trailer