Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fright Night

I’ve never seen the original film of the same name, so all the expectations I brought to this one came from the trailer and the fact that the director and producers had somehow persuaded Colin Farrell, David Tennant, and Toni Collette to star in it. I entered the theater hoping only for a fun vampire flick with some serious scenery chewing.

I was not disappointed. Colin Farrell played every moment with heavy-handed menace and evil humor, and he made the combination work. Whether warning our young hero to stay away or hypnotizing a new conquest, Farrell was wonderful to watch.

David Tennant began with a darn good impression of Russell Brand and then slowly morphed into a more serious and likable character. Though the character's growth didn’t ring entirely true, Tennant still managed to be fun throughout the film.

Toni Collette accomplished something rare: she became more and more attractive and believable as the movie wore on. The writers didn’t give her much to work with in building her character, the youngish mom, but she overcame the script and delivered the most complete character of the film.

You may have noticed that I haven’t yet mentioned the protagonist and the girlfriend. That’s because both were completely adequate but no more, neither one so good nor so bad that I even remember their names.

With several fun performances and enough good lines that you don’t have to wait too long between them, Fright Night is a solid B vampire movie that fans of the genre are sure to enjoy.


Michelle said...

You should watch the original and compare them. It was just scary enough to warrant being a horror film, but campy enough to embrace all the vampire jokes. Very schmaltzy, but good in a 1980's sort of way.

Mark said...

I hope to do that.


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