Queen of the Damned is that movie that is indifferent. I like it; I watched it probably over ten times or more. But I know that it’s way different than the book, like most movies that are based on books. The biggest problem to me is the film directly makes it clear that Lestat was Marius’s maker. They did do it right by showing what happened between them and why Marius “hates” Lestat, but why did the film have to state that he was his maker. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about or what the movie is about here’s the fast version, the Vampire Lestat, awakes, and becomes a Rock Star. In his lyrics he tells vampire secrets, and other vampires want to kill him. Well his music also awakes the Queen or well mother of all vampires Akasha. So she wants him to be her king but also wants to destroy the mankind basically. The vampires like Maharet, Marius, Armand, Pandora, and other ancient vampires, stand up against her and destroy her. Oh almost forgot, Lestat and Jesse (relation to Maharet whom is an ancient vampire) have a relationship together. Jesse is part of the Talamasca, who are people that explore paranormal/weird things. That’s pretty much about the film.
Let’s talk about the actors, Stuart Townsend played Lestat. Well he did a good job, even though Lestat is a blond, and not so whiny. But Townsend had it right when he showed Lestat as a rebel; I thought he did a good job at that. He had a good Rock Star appeal to him too. I’ve seen Stuart Townsend in other roles and would have to say this is my favorite of his. Vincent Perez, the actor whom played in such great films as Queen Margot and Cyrano De Bergerac played Marius. He was fantastic and I loved his performance. He wasn’t the main character but kind of stole the show with his humor and good charm. I did like the paring of Stuart and Vincent though, as Marius and Lestat, it was good. Each had witty remarks and was kind of funny. So that was a good thing in the film.
Now talking about Jesse whom was played by Marguerite Moreau, I thought she was alright; her role could have been more intensified. But overall it wasn’t terrible and I must admit I was never a fan of Jesse, so whoever played the role it probably wouldn’t scream perfect to me. I think that Aaliyah was the best actress in this film, she was Akasha. When I think of Akasha, I thought that Aaliyah pretty much summed it up. In the part when she starts killing off vampires in the bar, it’s pretty impressive with the ripping of the heart of the guy she danced with and then starts eating it. I thought that was intense. She had that powerfulness tours her character. It’s a shame that she died so young, because Aaliyah made a good singer but also a great actress.
If you love hard rock music and gothic rock, then it’s a film for you, especially if you love vampires. That’s one reason why I think the movie is awesome because I’m a fan of the work Jonathan Davis did for this film.
So overall even with some flaws it’s not the worse film ever, just that when comparing the book you wonder why Armand didn’t get a major part or why wasn’t Daniel involved? The funny thing is in Queen of the Damned, Lestat is a major character but not a major character either. Like all of the Anne Rice vampires get a story in here and it’s a really good read. Another problem I had David in the film had no connection with Lestat, as you think he should have since that’s another major thing with Anne Rice books. So without comparing the book at all, I think this movie is pretty good. But I must say Interview with the Vampire is probably better for a hardcore Anne Rice fan.