Family Film Night. My son, now 20, and I both found this to be a waste of our time. I was pretty much ready to walk out halfway through, but I always watch a whole film before reviewing (it could have a magnificent ending, who knows if you don't sit through until the end). This just got worse & worse. Really poor script. Tilda Swinton is marvelous, but I don't like sitting thru a crummy picture just to see one actor.
Jarmusch has a lot on his mind regarding the climate, MAGA and our obsession with cell phones and a bunch of other issues. Shame that he forgot to make a story worth telling that could act as a vehicle for his thoughts. A great cast stumbles aimlessly through vignettes that sometimes elicits a chuckle or two but mostly bores us to death. The king of dead-pan comedy delivers a movie that is just dead.
Curious to see if this was as fun or shallow as the trailers made it look; the answer is yes to the former because no to the latter. Its po-mo goofiness is too easy and protracted, and like a good hipster it has a willful half-assed posture to undercut its own ideas. But its apocalypse Americana and pop-culture-as-cold-comfort aren't easily dismissed, registering dry humor as paralysis. "This won't end well" indeed.
If you enjoy watching Tilda Johnny Depp Swinton play the same self with different makeup; Savigny walk around with blasé faces; Driver and Murray doing nothing new; poor metalanguage and boring nihilism - this is your thang. But if you love zombie films, author cinema, thought out cinematography, the horror genre & nuanced experiences through screen, you'll be underwhelmed multiple times. I need Jarmuch more from it.
Holding no hope at all for humanity, or for planet earth, Jarmusch's newest work is amongst the most pessimistic ever made, right alongside Quintet & Spielberg's AI. The film feels acutely & actively antonymous to its genre, so much that it wouldn't at all be a stretch to call it an 'anti-zombie film'. Here is a film that some zombie fans will hate, for it has far more in common with Samuel Beckett than Zack Snyder.
when you want to be ironic about pretty much everything, you end up lacking perspective on anything. no one asked for this pastiche (that adds nothing new) film, or for a 2019 basic and sloppy explanation about consumerism and capitalism. Selena Gomez looks great though.
Although this is obviously lesser Jarmusch, it's still a lot of fun. I think if it was a little more developed, specifically in the political commentary, it could have been something more. As it stands, it works as pure popcorn entertainment.
Unfortunately, I found the (un)dead very disappointing. Jarmusch follows up his most contemplative film (Paterson) with a mostly (un)funny hipster zombie political meta satire. Nihilism was never so (un)cool. Wu-ps was dope though. "Appreciate the Details."