It basically throws every camera trick in the book at us in the hopes that we won't notice how much it actually blows. Even the super fast-motion stuff with the vampires was neat at first, but by the time they did it for the 20th time...it looked cheesy and just took me out of any suspense that was supposed to have been built up by that point (thankfully, there was no suspense built up anyway). The sad part is that I really dug the premise of the flick with this vampire "coming out of the closet" so to speak, becoming a rock star and well...not much else. The "human world" is rarely shown or discussed, the rock star angle is barely touched upon, there's some sort of relationship that's brushed over and all we get instead is lame narration, idiotic insert shots, unnecessary flashbacks, stupid showdowns and the next thing you know...the movie's over.
And if you're gonna rent this puppy to see an "Aaliyah movie" (her last, before she died in a plane crash in August 2001), think again because she doesn't even show up once before 50 minutes of the film have passed. Her actual "entrance" scene is probably one of the film's only highlights, with her ditty with that dude's heart as its only real creep moment. Yum-yum. Basically, the film didn't make much sense to me, it didn't introduce me to any characters that I cared or knew much about, it tossed over-the-top camera tricks in my face and barely made any connections between its scenes. Overall, it sucked. See it for Townsend without his shirt and the groovy tunes, otherwise, rent INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE again and enjoy a really good vampire story with substance and characters who you care about. Suck on this!
There were also 3 featurettes on the disc, the first of which is called "Creating the Vampires" which lasted about 10 minutes and was actually pretty cool. It showcased all of the wire stuff that they did in the movie, as well as the make-up and effects. Pretty neat, if you like seeing that kind of "behind the scenes" stuff. The second featurette was called "Aaliyah Remembered" which I was actually hoping would be more substantial (since I didn't know much about her before her untimely death), but it was only about 3 minutes long and barely grazed over anything in her career. The third featurette spoke about the music in the film, entitled "The Music of Lestat", with interviews with many of the band leaders who participated on the soundtrack, including Jonathan Davis, the lead singer of Korn, who basically put it all together with Richard Gibbs. Interesting for hard rock music fans like me.
The disc also included no less than 13 deleted scenes, which for once, could actually have helped the film make more sense and come together more as a whole. Most of the scenes were interesting and useful to the final product, and the filmmakers even admitted to "regretting" not having used some in the movie (I guess they had to appease the studios with a short runtime?). One of the things that's explained a lot better in these scenes were the rest of the vampires (apparently called The Ancients) who get more of a background here, as well as the lead girl in the film, Jesse, for whom we get a greater background check as well. The dvd also includes a pretty cool 3-minute gag reel, set to some goofy music, which is a good time to watch, 4 music videos, extended concert sequences of Lestat from the picture, a production still gallery, the theatrical trailer and all that other basic fun stuff. All in all, a good set of extras for anyone who is interested in knowing more about the film and how they messed it all up.