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“Only Lovers Left Alive” – Review (POSITIVE)

May 18, 2014

Screen shot 2014-05-18 at 1.17.43 PMJust when you thought vampires couldn’t get any more repetitive and boring, indie film lover Jim Jarmusch comes along and tells all the would be neigh sayers to fuck off, there is still something cool about vampires left in them.

“Only Lovers Left Alive” is a vibrant, hip (perhaps too hip), movie about the emotions vampires have yet to share to the public eye, and for fair reasons too. Perhaps one of the few vampire tales where we see more of the human side of these creatures of the night than most films in the past.

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, Adam (Tom Hiddleston), is deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient lover, Eve (Tilda Swinton). Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of film-hipster Jim Jarmusch, you should still see this movie for the sake of Hiddleston & Swinton’s effervescent performances. In an age where Tom Hiddleston is now all the rage, seeing him play such a drab, melancholy, angst vamp will certainly have his female fan-base clamor to his every will. Not to mention Tilda Swinton, who’s always known for choosing such otherworldly performances manages to share the same amount of vigor/vice that Tom is having so much fun with.

Jarmusch knows how to create a hip atmosphere, I use hip, because in my honest opinion, I truly believe it’s the best word to describe his sensibilities in most of his films; “Broken Flowers”“Dead Man”, and “Coffee & Cigarettes”. This is the second offbeat vampire film I’ve seen this year, also to have come out of this year Sundance Film Festival, “What We Do In The Shadows”. Both films rightfully take the typical vampire lore and manages to find new ground for the audience member or fan for that matter, and spin it on a 180 degree angle. Whether it’s lampooning the sensibilities of the vampire lifestyle, or bringing in the realism of their outlook on human civilization, it’s gratifying to see that there’s room for new ground in such an old trope.

GRADE: A-

Aaron Shore, is a contributing blogger for the film sites of Hudak on Hollywood & Insta Reviews.

You can follow Aaron on Twitter @DoubleAAProd

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