Unfiltrd Movie Review: Only Lover’s Left Alive
Written and Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright, and John Hurt
In a word: Romantic
Leave it to Jim-Fucking-Jarmusch to show these teenybopper Twihards how a real vampire story should be done. This was every bit as amazing as I had hoped. I remember a while back, seeing the first images of Swinton and Hiddleston together and thinking: “Well this must be seen.” It’s been on my radar ever since and this past weekend, I had to pleasure of witnessing this cinematic gem.
Tilda and Tom were scintillating as centuries old lovers, Eve and Adam. They danced, they lamented, they spat out literary references left and right. I found myself making mental notes of all the “heroes” on the wall, seeing how many I could name, quite a few as it turns out. That’s the thing about a Jarmusch film, he makes you think almost to the point of distraction; his films are so layered. It was as funny as it was dark and as tongue in cheek as it was deep.
Jeffrey Wright in his meager two scenes manages to steal and kill. The world needs more of him and quick. This is the first time I’ve seen Hiddleston outside of Thor. Quite a fetching young actor he is. My fellow movie goer said that Swinton was unnerving and even more so after seeing her turn as Eve. But God can that woman get lost in a role and what a joy it is to witness. Brilliant, simply, and beautifully brilliant. Mia was a delight as always, but I’ve already waxed on about her in other roles.
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