Sunday, June 22, 2014

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer:    Jim Jarmusch
Cast:       Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska

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.

The mark of a great director is that when they do a genre film, they can really bring something new to it by subverting them. When you hear that Jim Jarmusch is going to do a vampire film, you won't be expecting a normal one. It is like vampire film meets ' Man from Earth' in a very atmospheric setting. Some of the music used is that of Jarmusch's own band 'SQURL'. The couple characters played by Hiddleston and Swinton are suggestively named Adam and Eve. The director intended it as a reference to Mark Twain's satirical work 'The Diaries of Adam and Eve' The couple refers to normal human beings as Zombies and whinge about them for not only contaminating water but also blood which is of much significance to them. There are several laugh out loud moments in the script which is kind of novelty in a Jarmusch film since they usually have very little dialog. For instance when Adam discovers that Eve's younger sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) kills his helper, Ian, he reacts by saying 'You drank Ian?'. There was some action scene in the film at first but when he was asked to add more of it, he completely removed it. The word vampire is never used in the film.

The film took seven years to get financing and Michael Fassbender was originally supposed to play Adam. Jarmusch wanted to do the filming on film but had to do it in digital because of the budget constraints. He is truly one of the last truly great American independent film directors still going having never made any big budget films.   

Rating: 5/5