Neil Jordan’s newest offering is a blood-soaked, barmy tour de force, anchored firmly by its two leads, Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. There are definite strains of Jordan’s previous foray into the genre present here, but where Interview with A Vampire was all about male power play, Byzantium is concerned with the struggle of women in a world where men will constantly seek to drag them down. Beautifully filmed, and bolstered by its generally strong cast and a couple of suitably flamboyant touches, Byzantium is – despite belonging to a seriously over saturated genre – a vampire film that you can actually sink your teeth into.
FORBIDDEN LOVE IN A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SETTING!
Ssh, nobody mention how much better Saoirse is!
With Sherlock Holmes, Dorian Grey and Sweeney Todd showing the box office that musty old Britannia can be seriously sexed up, it was only a matter of time before the Bronte..