unique relatable nuanced characters, haven't seen a couple like this in film. it's a great character study, with style and an ingenious spin on the vampire genre. lots of spinning.. took me a bit to warm up to the pace, overblown at first but slowly grew on me. fun..
Jarmusch takes his first attempt at the vampire genre. I have some mixed thoughts about seeing this film. To be honest, its entertainment did okay for me but wasn't great as all of his other works. Maybe it deserves another watch or so to embrace this while I'm still a huge fan of both Jarmusch & vampires. Yet the film was brilliantly done well.
Astonishing on every level. Anyone with the belly for Jarmusch's low-key, deliberately-paced style is in for a serious treat with this one. Hiddleston & Swinton are amazing in this vampire (despite the V-word never being mentioned) character study. The back stories are as great as the soundtrack even if the premise feels vaguely Anne Rice-esque. Anyone looking for action & closure out of a story should keep moving.
Vampires as a metaphor for druggy, bohemian, born-to-die depression, which sure beats vampires as a metaphor for pre-teen romance or whatever the hell that zeitgeist was. The cleverness here can be too self-conscious, but I love the idea that mankind's most important accomplishments have been art, and I dig any movie about the undead that's also life-affirming. Turns out, the title is a wish.
To be honest I was expecting something better. Tom Hiddleston's Adam was such a boring character, and while Tilda Swinton's Eve was a little more interesting, the arrival of Mia Wasikowska's Ava brought a much needed spice to a very washed-out movie. I guess I didn't find the whole melancholy and pseudo musical/cultural vibe as cool as they were intended to be. Nevertheless there were some nice moments along the way!
Jarmusch's pace is (not surprisingly) perfect for a film about humans that have lived for hundreds of years. He does not seem to care about what has been established in movies and TV for vampires in the last decades. And this does not feel like just another film about the supernatural. The vampires call humans "zombies". Maybe because it takes hundreds of years to find the meaning of live. Great soundtrack as usual.
Sublime example of how great writing and low budget film making can come together to create something fresh and engaging. Tilda is great as always and the choice of locations, sound design and social commentary all lend it a wonderfully dystopic tone that's perfectly in tune with the agelessness of the central characters. 4 stars
What a big surprise! One of Jarmusch's most interesting films. "Only Lovers Left Alive" is a movie about the melancholic passing of time, the lack of meaning of life and the true curse that is living forever. Jarmusch chooses the western myth of the vampire (absolutely weared out) and creates an unexpected philosophical work of art. In terms of image it also is one of the most original films of digital cinema.