Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Every now and then, you need a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. A movie that doesn’t try to dig deep once it’s done. A movie you can watch over and over again and still feel what you felt the first time you watched it. These movies are never groundbreaking, but they’re always decent enough to be enjoyed. Only Lovers Left Alive is one of those movies.

The movie follows the lives of a depressed musician vampire, Adam (Tom Hiddleston), and his vampire wife, Eve (Tilda Swinton), as they reunite after years of being apart, endure the arrival of Eve’s sister, and fight for survival.

As I said, this movie doesn’t take itself too seriously. In fact, almost nothing happens in this nocturnal vampire romance. It just discusses the bond between partners, moving forward, and how the life-sustaining force of music still prevails in this ‘zombie’ world we live in. And still, the movie doesn’t go deep enough to try and impose Jarmusch’s opinion, and instead gives you just enough content to think about the subjects any way you want, or even not think about them at all.

With the wonderful cinematography and camera work, the fantastic theme music and Yasmine Hamdan scene, and the remarkable performances of Hiddleston, Swinston, and Wasikowska, Jim Jarmusch sets a poetic, charming, even spooky mood to his movie. Only Lovers Left Alive is style over substance. And what style that was.

The Verdict

By combining picture and sound in his dark artistic vampire romance, Jim Jarmusch proves that style goes a long way, even in a thinly plotted movie. And with the genius casting of Hiddleston and Swinston, the brilliant cinematography and fantastic music, Jarmusch sets a tone to his movie that should charm anyone who appreciates art.

Rating: 8.0/10. Poetic, sexy, and cosmetically beautiful.



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