THE PLOT THUS FAR
The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE is a meditation on art, science, and the mysteries of everlasting love.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Only Lovers Left Alive” is a rather interesting take on the Vampire mythos in an age where the far less talented have ran it into the ground. If anything, it’s a film about two people that can’t escape the past due to its comforts. Eliminating most of the vampiric claptrap by saying that Adam and Eve have evolved past it, only helps the story. Still, it puts a greater focus on the interpersonal dynamic between the duo. Given that it’s a Jarmusch film, it means watching two people reflect on how miserable they’ve been for centuries.
Hiddleston and Swinton work insanely well together in what could’ve been just another riff on “The Hunger”. Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin do their best in supporting roles, but you never feel like paying them attention. Our leads are a movie onto themselves, as we want to see what becomes of hipsters when they’re forced to endure centuries of the same garbage. At times, I found myself forgetting that they were supposed to be vampires and not the chronically bored.
The DVD comes with a featurette, music video, extended and deleted scenes as the special features. The A/V Quality is serviceable for standard definition. The transfer is pretty flat. However, the Dolby 5.1 track gets a chance to flex environmental noise while remaining lossy. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 08/19/2014