Cert: 15 Runtime: 123 mins Director: Jim Jarmusch Cast: Tom Hiddelstone, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin and John Hurt
I like to come to the source. Besides, the mutual jeopardy makes me feel safer
It has been many months since I watched Only Lovers Left Alive, originally I wasn’t sure what to think. I gave it a re-watch and my mind was set. What is Only Lovers
Left Alive about then? Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a reclusive, Detroit-based cult rock star vampire. His lover of many centuries, Eve (Tilda Swinton), is living in Tangier. Since the blood of ‘zombies’ – aka humans – is not to be trusted, each has acquired a trusted source of high-quality crimson fluid. Adam bribes haematologist Dr. Watson (Jeffrey Wright) for vast supplies. Eve relies upon fellow vampire Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt), who wrote all of Shakespeare’s plays. When the pale, beautiful and cultured couple reunite, they’re joined by Eve’s wild child sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska). But her impetuous behaviour disrupts their relationship.
It could be argued that this movie was awful since it lacked the conventional amount of substance and action but I found it quite lively in an odd, living-dead, muted sort of way. The movie was fun in my opinion. Even though only a few things happen in this movie, the sheer class, quality and style expressed by the director and the performances by the actors were enough to satisfy me. The movie looks much deeper into love, human condition and life than is normally seen in a romance movie. The focus was more focused on a very healthy, mutual and endearing relationship between two lovers — thrice-married, I think — and I guess we just learn at the end of it that they’ll continue to endure their immortal existence with each other by their side, despite their differences.
This is not a typical vampire film, Jarmusch only added the entire vampire concept to capture the timelessness and the everlasting themes of nostalgia and loss that are expressed through the characters. Swinton and Hiddelstone are captivating, they do come across as snobs but they’re both intelligent, civil and compassionate — well, we don’t see really see much of that last thing in Adam much, more like a rigid command of tolerance. The truth of the matter lies that this movie has a lot of thought put into it and it is so rich. The movie suggests that no matter how many times society may crumble around the pair, they will both survive through the ordeals together, and no matter now much they might change after every century or so, Adam and Eve will continue to love, support and look out for each other. This film isn’t for everyone, but if you are looking for a thought provoking film here it it.