Writer / Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Tilda Swinton & Tom Hiddleston
IMDb LogLine: A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance – which has already endured several centuries – is disrupted by the arrival of uncontrollable younger sister.
- Tilda Swinton & Tom Hiddleston as vampires
- Set design and use of Detroit
- Sticks with basic vampire mythology
- Glacial pacing
- Uninteresting dialogue
- Superfluous sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowaska), and Marlowe (John Hurt) characters
Review: By the end of Only Lovers Left Alive, you ask yourself what the point of it was. The premise is good, but the execution fails. How does a vampire exist in a time when humans pollute their own bodies and you cannot easily dispose of bodies without an investigation? How does an artistic, gifted, and undying vampire get his voice heard? And what happens when he no longer cares? For such heady questions and two such long-lived and intellectual characters, Eve (Tilda Swinton) and Adam’s (Tom Hiddleston’s) dialogue is amazingly vapid. Though the film looks good, it does not stay with you.
Grade = C
Bonus: If The Sandman project is an actual thing and not a pipe-dream, then the filmmakers should use Tom Hiddleston as Morpheus. His performance of Adam is basically channeling the Dream of the Endless character.