It might not seem strange that a Doctor Who website like yours truly would say David Tennant is the best thing in Fright Night but apparently – according to the Daily Mail – he is! Take that mainstream press! We were right!
Still stick a fine actor in something that looks a little shoddy and they’ll usually find something in the material to make it worth your/their while.
Take the potentially scene-stealing role of Peter Vincent (originally a broken down actor and expert on the occult played by Roddy McDowall) who’s now been updated to a womanising British Las Vegas magician in this remake of the 1985 film of the same name.
However according to the Mail Tennant maybe a little too indebted to another Booky Wook-writing British womaniser:
“Tennant’s performance is a little too indebted to Russell Brand, and I would have liked to see him given some funnier lines to go with his posturing, but it’s an eye-catching turn.”
Its a bit of an odd criticism- its not as if Russell Brand is now an acting style as well as person and how many other great performances have been based on impressions (Tony Curtis mocking Cary Grant in Some Like It Hot for example)? Are they criticising him for using an impression or the impression itself?
Other than that ‘eye-catching turn’ Colin Farrell (In Bruges) also impresses as Jerry the Vampire ‘neck’dour who starts to make moves on both teenager Charley’s, played by Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), mother and hot girlfriend, played by Toni Collette (Muriel’s Wedding) and Imogen Poots (28 Week’s Later) respectively.
This potentially life-scarring ménage à trois is made all the more horrifying when Charley’s best friend Ed played by Superbad‘s Christopher Mintz-Plasse notices that a lot of their popular and attractive school mates are going missing…
So as vampire films go it lacks a little bite:
“Fright Night could be scarier and 3D does little more than darken the picture. But it is entertaining, thanks to superior CGI effects and, most of all, Farrell’s knowing and understated performance.”