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Only Lovers Left Alive

by Josh Hanagarne on May 30, 2014

in movies

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?

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Dave Combe May 31, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I loved Only Lovers Left Alive. Only lasted a week here on Ventura, California, but we saw it twice. Great style, very funny (loved the wall with the portraits of their friends through time: Joe Strummer, Edgar Allen Poe, etc.). Sets are wonderful, and the two leads are about perfectly cast. I talked it up at my library and with my friends and family, but no one went. Best movie I have seen this year so far. There is a Shakespeare subplot with funny takes on Hamlet in particular. It is set just slightly in the future; the ‘petroleum’ wars are over and the ‘water wars’ are just beginning, but you never see that, it is just referred to. Another funny thing is the names on their numerous false passports. They are all literary characters but the passports are just flashed, you really have to watch closely. I figured that out the first time part way though and paid more attention to that the second time around. Great script, superb acting, great cinematography, and funny. If it still around in your area, go quickly. It will be better on the big screen than on blueray or Netflix.

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Michelle Hartz June 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I think Only Lovers Left Alive is my new favorite movie.

I also loved:
“Just goes to show, we don’t know shit about fungi.”

and
“Eve, you’re ruthless. You’re brutal.”
“I’m a survivor, baby.”
“It was all the talking.”

I also love all the cultural references and really need to see it a few more times to catch them all. I want my husband to see it so he can oogle all the guitars. It’s one of those movies that you just take in. I drove over an hour to go see it, and it’s coming to our town for 3 days at the end of June. I’m tempted to go all 3 days.

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Josh Hanagarne June 3, 2014 at 9:30 am

The first thing I said in the first scene was “I have to go get a new guitar.”

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Karen Tobo July 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

I loved this. Thanks for the recommendation! I liked the guitar backed with Mother of Toilet Seat. And the Lebanese girl really was beautiful. Now, how to word a recommendation without mentioning the tragically romantic suicidal vampire?

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