Weird + Movies = Greatness
By Aldous Huxtable
What would a vampire movie by an artistic, inventive director enamored by hipsters everywhere? Jim Jarmusch, director of such classics as Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers and Dead Man delivers the answer. The movie is an atmospheric love letter to all things dark.
Jarmusch is a master of setting the mood in his films and this movie is no different. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play a pair of ancient vampires named Adam and Eve. The vampirc lovers had been separated from each other for centuries yet their lust for art and passion for creativity eventually bring them together at a time when Adam contemplates suicide, tired of witnessing the vapid lives of humans.
The cast brings these hipster vampires to life with a subdued, yet visible glee. Tom Hiddleston portrays Adam as a music obsessed art lover living in the burned out remains of modern Detroit. The late Anton Yelchin delivers an impressively quirky performance as Ian, the Renfield to Adam’s Dracula. Tilda Swinton is oozes tragic cool vibes as Eve, a vampire who would rather read books in seedy all night cafes with the immortal Christopher Marlowe (Played by the late and eternally amazing John Hurt) than drink blood.
The story is more like a voyeuristic look into the life of this immortal couple than a narrative with a straight through line. With that said, Only Lovers Left Alive could easily be a modern successor to another dark and moody vampire classic, Tony Scott’s insanely underrated The Hunger. If you’re looking for an examination into the world of horror that is far from ordinary, Only Lovers Left Alive will not disappoint.