View Full Version : [Movie] Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

10-23-2009, 04:46 PM
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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant tells the story of two high school boys who suddenly have their whole lives changed after attending a freak show one night. Neither of the boys is happy with his mundane life, one, Darren, living with his parents who expect him to be perfect at everything he does, and the other, Steve,...well I'll save that for the movie to tell. Darren has an odd obsession with spiders while Steve has an equally odd obsession with (believe it or not) vampires. After receiving a completely random invitation to attend Cirque du Freak, the best friends sneak out for a life-changing adventure. Skipping some of the more minor details, eventually after the freak show, Darren decides to steal a huge spider from one of the show's cast members, Larten Crepsley, who is a vampire. The spider is accidentally let loose and bites Steve, who is then hospitalized by the fatal bite. Darren's only hope of saving his best friend is to request the help of the vampire from whom he stole the spider. Crepsley agrees to help, on the condition that Darren must become a half-vampire and do Crepsley's "chores." Steve is then saved, but Darren must keep up his end of the bargain and work alongside Crespley, but he first has to fool his family and friends (Steve included) into thinking that he is dead. He then leaves home to join the Cirque du Freak where he learns of a war that's been going on between the brutal "Vampanese" and the more peaceful Vampires for hundreds of years. Darren is trained for battle by Crespley while Steve, angry that his friend died and left him alone, is coaxed into joining the side of the Vampanese. The rest of the details are left for the movie to tell, but rest assured that these are details well worth being told.
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Cutting right to the chase, I REALLY enjoyed this movie. I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about the storyline because I never read the books. I didn't even know that this movie is based off a book series until about 10 minutes ago. The actors all play their roles really well, especially John C. Reilly, who plays Crespley. He had perhaps the best performance of all the actors, plus I really liked his character. In the beginning, I thought that the main character Darren would be just a bratty "boys will be boys" type character with no depth, but that notion was quickly dispelled. There actually is a lot more to him than the movie set-up lets on. As for the members of the freak show, I really enjoyed each one of them outside of the actual freak show. They're the kind of people I'd want to hang out with for a day.
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The storyline is pretty interesting and does have a lot of depth. At times, it is very dark and foreboding, and at others, it's really sad (never actually crossing that line of "depressing"). Any sad moments are balanced out by a fair amount of humor, though never being over-the-top. The previews of the movie made it seem somewhat childish and centered around some random kid being an assistant in a freak show. It's so much more than that...although this movie may not have revealed it in its entirety. I say this because the movie ends as basically a HUGE cliffhanger. Remember how Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ended? This movie's ending is sort of like that. For those who see this movie just on a whim, without even knowing that this movie is based on just one of a series of books, the ending comes as a huge shocker. I expected everything to be wrapped up with a nice little bow at the end, but that does not happen by any stretch of the imagination. My friend and I agreed that it felt like a commercial break after seeing the ending. "No! Where's the rest of it?!" was her immediate response once the credits began rolling.
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I won't say that everyone should see this movie, but those who are into the world of vampires would probably enjoy this movie a great deal, and this is coming from someone who isn't really big on the whole vampire thing. If you want to give the vampire thing a try, but don't want something quite as serious as Twilight, this is a great alternative. I cannot wait until the sequel to this movie is released. My day feels so incomplete right now. I've thought about going to pick up the books, but I feel like I may have a different outlook on the movie if I do read the books. I don't want to spoil that outlook nor what will happen in any future installments of the movies just yet, so I'll hold off on that.
Overall, out of 10, I give this movie an 8.

10-23-2009, 05:41 PM
My girlfriend really wants to see this film so I'll get her to read this review tomorrow when she comes to visit =]

10-23-2009, 06:34 PM
i just got back a little while ago from watching this movie @.@ it was pretty great

10-26-2009, 05:46 PM
Great review Tan, I saw this movie yesterday and I liked it a lot, there's definitely a big cliffhanger at the end, but that leaves it open for a sequel! :)

11-03-2009, 12:14 PM
I saw this movie recently and had to look it up after that ending, there's 12 books in this series broken up into 4 trilogies so I don't see why there wouldn't be a sequel. The movie had a lot of differences then the books so it was kind of hard to compare them but the name of the movie seems like its a combination of the first 2 books from what I found on its wiki site.

11-03-2009, 04:55 PM
Wow, I had no idea they were making a Cirque du Freak movie. I read the first few books late in middle school, they weren't bad. I'll have to check it out.

11-07-2009, 11:32 PM
As a die-hard fan of the series, I am extremely hesitant about seeing this movie...I don't like branding actors, but John C. Reilly just seems soooo mismatched to play Mr. Crepsley - everyone keeps on saying that he's the highlight of the movie though, so I'm probably being closed-minded >_<
Your review definitely piqued my interest though and made me far less adverse to seeing it, so thank you very much :D