Film: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assitant
Starring: John C Reilly; Chris Massoglia; Salma Hayek
Director: Paul Weitz
Rating: Very good – well worth a look
A young boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire.
I read the book by Darren Shan several years ago, so I can’t really recall specifics, only generalities, and can’t vouch for how close an adaptation this is. However, I suspect it’s no more unfaithful than others have been – basically, it keeps to the spirit of the book but takes liberties with the plot.
That’s not to say this movie isn’t enjoyable – it is. The cast are really rather good (and John C Reilly, as usual, shines – he really is a superb performer and I’ve yet to see him put in a bad appearance, whether or not a film is any good). Chris Massoglia is rather cute and quite natural in his portrayal of Darren Shan, so I expect to see him do well in the future.
It’s as good a time-filler as any and will while away and hour and three quarters very nicely. If you’re a fan of vampire movies, you could do a lot worse than this. If you’re a fan of the books, you might be a little disappointed by this adaptation, but if you just take it for what it is – a good piece of entertainment – you might find you think it’s pretty decent.