Review: Fright Night 3D
Having quit his role as Doctor Who just when the series got really interesting, David Tennant's subsequent film roles have a lot to make up for. So far, he has handled whatever has been thrown at him with casual aplomb.
Here he is asked to play Russell Brand. He does this rather well, though, like asking Marlon Brando to play Ber-nard Manning or De Niro to play Lennie Bennett.
It's perhaps not getting the best use from a considerable talent.
This is a vampire movie and you may need another vampire movie like you need a stake in your heart. It is a re-make to boot, just to further dampen expectations. But, I'd have to say that, in its own unremarkable way, Fright Night is thoroughly entertaining.
Set in a suburban world which is even more Spielberg than Super 8, it's the story of a kid, Charley Brewster (An-ton Yelchin), who
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quickly discovers that his new neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a vampire.
In desperation, he turns to Peter Vincent (Tennant), a Las Vegas stage magician/showbiz vampire for help.
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There are some great set pieces, all the performers are fun to watch and most of the words which come out of their mouths are fun to hear.
A colleague suggested that Toni Colette was wasted playing the mother, Jane, but I'd argue the opposite. She makes a perfunctory
role that bit more interesting.
There are no really big laughs but a steady stream of smiles and one or two quite shocking moments. The 3D is used in a properly gimmicky way.
Jerry boasts at one point of having survived for 400 years. But you wonder how since he's not exactly discrete – litter bugging the neighbourhood with a trail casually discarded, bloodied corpses.
FRIGHT NIGHT 3D (15)
Director: Gary Gillespie
Starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Toni Colette
Length: 110 mins