In an era where the vampire genre has been run into the ground with over-saturation — thanks to Twilight, “True Blood” and “The Vampire Diaries”, to name just a few — one of the most renowned independent filmmakers makes his latest characters that exact species. Writer/director Jim Jarmusch’s latest film on DVD and Blu-ray, Only Lovers Left Alive, reunites him with character actress Tilda Swinton and introduces Marvel favorite Tom Hiddleston to another dark role for his portfolio.
In 2012 Detroit, a vampire musician named Adam (Hiddleston) has been feeling rather depressed and uninspired with his music as well as life. When his longtime lover and co-vamp Eve (Swinton) visits him from Tangiers, their romance is revived. Their reunion is rudely interrupted by Eve’s younger sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska), who crashes at Adam’s apartment and tries to seduce his human assistant Ian (Anton Yelchin).
John Hurt and Jeffrey Wright co-star. Most famous for his episodic tales of ordinary people like Night on Earth (1991) and Coffee & Cigarettes (2003), Jarmusch takes one of the most popular supernatural creatures and gives them ordinary elements without any action or gore. Only Lovers Left Alive has some intriguing actors playing interesting characters who just happen to survive on blood and spend time pondering how much the world will continue to change around them. For the Jarmusch fans worried he’s downgrading himself with this one, he’s done the opposite and possibly gained a broader audience.
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