Only Lovers Left Alive

only lovers left aliveI know I should love Jim Jarmusch’s film, Only Lovers Left Alive. I should love the set design’s romantic squalor. I should love the lily-white skin of stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddeston. I should love the use of Detroit as metaphor. I should love the vampire genre elevated to hipster indie film. But I don’t. Does that make me out of touch? Or an anti-snob? Or just too practical? I didn’t see anything new in this film. It took a typical story and dressed it up in neo-hippie colors. Hiddleston’s character Adam is a brooding Kurt Cobainesque depressive living alone in Detroit. Swinton plays his wife (her character’s words) Eve living exotically in Tangier near old friend Christopher Marlowe played by John Hurt. Enter Eve’s sister Ava who’s immature and destructive like a firecracker lit to destroy the peace and beauty of these two fragile creatures lives. I watched half of the film before turning it off. It didn’t speak to me. It’s not a bad film. Just boring. Not an easy task to do with Tilda Swinton. 2 out of 5 for Only Lovers Left Alive.


2 Responses to “Only Lovers Left Alive”

  1. Uncle Barb Says:

    I agree as much as I love Tilda, I couldn’t find art in this film.


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