Only Lovers Left Alive
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright, Slimane Dazi
[Here’s my first review.]
Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) have been a couple since about forever. And since they’re vampires that really is a long time. But recently they lived seperately – Adam in Detroit and Eve in Tangier. Adam is struggling with depression, so Eve comes to join him in Detroit. Their happy bubble is burst, though, when Eve’s volatile sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) comes to visit as well.
I don’t know when the last time was that I saw a movie in the cinema twice. But Only Lovers Left Alive had to be watched again, now it got its regular release here and so I did. And it was still brilliant.
I still can’t get over the fact how wonderfully real those characters feel. Adam with his broody depression who still clings very much to life. (Or is it undeath?) Eve who is finally a vampire who enjoys being alive for so long and who doesn’t get tired of reading and experiencing new things. And Ava who is everything that is bad about little sisters and still manages to not be a caricature.
I honestly think that this time round, though, I appreciated Ava (and Mia Wasikowska) even more than the last time. Not that I didn’t enjoy her the first time round, but even more so this time.
I was a little anxious whether the film would manage to live up to my expectations on re-watching. And not only the film, but the soundtrack in particular. I hadn’t listened to it since I saw it a few months back, I only remembered that it was absolutely brilliant. But I needn’t have worried. Because it was still brilliant.
The entire film totally holds up on re-watching. It’s still beautiful. It’s still tender and funny and touching and emotional. Tom Hiddleston is still naked and beautiful. It’s absolutely the perfect cinematic experience.
Summarizing: Gladly again, anytime.