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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant - 4 out of 5
I was pleasantly surprised with this film. I walked in with a bitter attitude because I hate vampires but found a really entertaining movie. The story is fun and puts a fresh spin on the wimpy vampire genre. But what really makes this movie amazing is the great cast this film has. John C. Reily really delivers as Larten and he is backed up by some amazing characters actors including Ray Stevenson (the best Punisher, if you ask me), Ken Watanabe and Orlando Jones, to name just a few. And if that wasn't enough, the incredibly beautiful Salma Hayek is in this film as the bearded lady and even with chin fur, this woman is still unbelievably HOT! The only real downfall of the cast is Josh Hutcherson and Chris Massoglia. Josh is a little more tolerable than Chris, who seems to be unable to deliver any emotion in any of his lines. Still, his delivery is better than Mark Walberg in The Happening. But when these two are surrounded by talented actors, their inability to be convincing isn't as distracting as one would think. It's like Hayden Christenson in Star Wars. Yeah, he's a terrible actor but when you have Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid and Samuel L. Jackson sharing a scene with you, you're able, for the most part, get passed the bad acting. You still can't ignore it, but you're able to get pass it. With creative characters, whimsical sets and a fantastic fantasy storyline, this movie is just plain fun that takes itself just serious so you can enjoy it without the movie getting to full of itself like some other vampire films get. What is even more surprising is the incredible action sequence that takes place at the end--now, that was surprising!