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Friday, November 16, 2012

Vamps:Quick Movie Review.



Vamps:

Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter

Writer and Director: Amy Heckerling



* and 1/2 out of four.




Best friends Goody(Alicia Silverstone) and Stacy(Krysten Ritter) are vampires living in New York City.  Instead of drinking human blood as most normal bloodsuckers do.   These two live off the blood of rats, pigeons and other vermin of the streets.  During the course of the story Stacy falls in love with the son of Dr. Van Helsing(Wallace Shawn) while Goody meets one of her exes from back in the sixties(Richard Lewis). There's also another subplot that involves Cisserus(Sigourney Weaver) drinking too much human blood and how that is a problem for the other vampires in this community.  Hell she seems to be doing the only thing these creatures are suppose to do.



The movie uses all of the tired old cliches of vampire folklore, and tries to update it to modern times.  It's just that when they do, it only gets updated to about 1996.   There are some references to Twitter to make it seem more relevant today, but it's really just forgettable.     Also if both Stacy and Goody are blood suckers.  They are not doing a good job of hiding it.  Both of their coffins are right in the middle of their apartment, and they both crawl down their outside wall when they go out at night.  I'm pretty sure someone could see that shit going on.


I was a big fan of Heckerling's work on "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Clueless"(Which also co starred Silvertone, and Shawn).  It was great to see her team up with some of her old cast members, but she does nothing different with the source material.  At least with their last collaboration she did an update to the story of Jane Austin's "Emma".  All "Vamps" does is just use characters names from Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and put them into slightly modern clothes.  Also there is way too much use of classic movie footage in this. A lot of the times when the scene changes is cuts to a moment from "Nosferatu" or "Metropolis".  Some times they show a person watching that particular movie on TV but other times it does not.  I won't even get into the all the bad computer effects this film had.  Especially the ones near the end.


I liked seeing Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter and believe these two have great chemistry with each other.    I would just rather see them in a completely different movie.   Miss Heckerling's message at the end of this movie is kind of a shallow one if you think about it.  She seems to suggest that all women need a man by their sides.  Otherwise they have not fully lived. Well if these two would have just tasted the blood of a a real human once in a while.  They would know what real life taste like.




29 comments:

  1. Gotta admit, I know nothing about this movie other than this review but it seems HORRIBLE!

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    1. It does really bad jokes about the Vampire myth lore that I found to be very boreign.

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  2. Damn, too bad it sucks. I like Silverstone and Rytter too and this sounds like it could have been at the very least a fun movie.

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    1. They are the best part about the movie. They just need better material to work with.

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  3. Sounds like a cash-in - Sex and the City meets Twilight..? However, I like Heckerling's past work and I haven't seen Alicia Silverstone in what seems like ages so it might be nice to check her out on the big screen again. That said, I doubt I'll be rushing to see this.

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    1. Silverstone barely ages. She still looks good. Thanks for the comment

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  4. I really wish Heckerling would do something as fantastic as Clueless and Fast Times again. I didn't think this would do well but maybe I would like it since I have a weak spot for all these damn vampire shows & movies but it sounds pretty awful.

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    1. I agree too Jess. The problem is that she keeps refering back to that time. That would work fine if she was just doing movies from that era, but it hurts her when she tries to do something more modern

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    2. Yeah, it's so weird because she was able to capture those decades during their time period. Can she just not update or relate to the 2010's? Hopefully at some point she'll get the hang of it.

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