I don’t go to movies very often, but I did it last night. Jim Jarmusch’s new movie Only Lovers Left Alive is one of the best movies I’ve seen in years.
There’s not much point in describing the story. Lovers is a movie that was all about the experience of how I felt while watching it. Tilda Swindon–absolutely couldn’t look away from her–and Tom Hiddleston are two vampires in love. They’re married. He is about 500 years old, and she’s a couple of millennia older.
Again, the story isn’t the point, but if I had to describe the plot I’d say:
This is about a week in the life of two vampires. He’s depressed and sick about how humans are treating the planet. She is calm, evolved, and has great taste in music. There’s no gore and very little blood. There is a lot of dancing and gorgeous cinematography.
Seriously, just give it a try. You’ll know within ten minutes whether it’s for you or not. But if it is, I think you’ll adore it.
Also, I’m not a big laugher, and Jarmusch’s movies aren’t high on traditional levity. But I got a big laugh from Lovers. My favorite line, which won’t make any sense without the context of the first two thirds of the movie, and the evolution of the characters, is this:
“Ugh, look at that shit.” I can’t explain why, but this worked so perfectly and I laughed so hard. I really did. It felt good.
Anyone here seen it yet?