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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Only Lovers Left Alive : Could have been better

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought It looked promising, but I was kind of wrong.

The movie is for a young - adult demographic, but of course with a name like Tom Hidleston it’s impossible not to have teen fans of this English actor to watch the movie. They could watch it , they should but I don’t think they would truly appreciate the movie and all the elements in it.

Before watching the movie, I had already made the movie in my head. I thought it had a really interesting story, a nice rhythm. Jim Jarmusch versión was dull and plain movie was better.

I support the concept or the idea of showing this character’s life (Adam) living  as a vampire. Having the inside scoop on how a vampire lives is exciting ( sadly just 4 vampire movies made that curiosity satisfied, this is not one of them…and no, none of the Twilight Saga films are on my list).
Let’s begin with the positives: The director showed us how is to be a gloomy, anti social, bored and kind of selfish vampire. Adam doesn't want people to know him, to be in their life, he doesn't want to be emotionally involved with anything. It's pointless for him.

He looks, acts and feels tired of living in this world. He evens contemplate suicide… or at least he likes the idea of disappearing. Tom Hidleston gives us such a good performance that he made me forget who he was, and when an actor/actress does that, that’s truly a great professional.
We can see how Adam developes a life where he can avoid socializing and talking to zombie (people) . The system he developed is called Ian. This guy, who is his acquaintance, is the one who is always bringing him what he needs, except blood. He doesn't know what Adam is but he likes his company.

At first I had this crazy idea that this vampire was living in this post-apocalyptic era were most humans became zombies and it was extra hard to get blood. I thought that he was a vampire trying to survive with the low blood production but hey… it was just an anti-social vampire trying to live alone…. my idea sounded more interesting, right?

After that intro to his life, we are introduced to his mate/wife; Eve (Tilda Swinton). She is more interesting. Probably she is bored with dealing with people and the world where they live but she deals with it in the best way she can. She is the best part of Adam, but then again, all of us Eves are the best part of living in this world. They have a passionate and old fashion love relationship, he looks less gloomy around her and life seems to be more bearable with her by his side.

Definitely, the aesthetic is the best of it all. The way every detail of their personality are shown in their houses and their clothes are perfect. The old house, the old studio, decoration items, it is just a pleasure to see. The photography is great too thanks to the cinematographer Yorick Le Saux.

The best scene is the last one. They are in Tangier, both helpless , damaged and hungry. They are sitting , waiting for their imminent assassin, the sun. Adam and Eve are talking, trying to keep their minds off the main problem, trying to pretend that they are strong enough, smart enough , educated enough and both better than savages animals, better than the “ zombies” they belittle.
But they are not.

Why is it that movie directors won't dare to create a world where vampires rule and live a normal life, like I said.... more than the inside scoop of a vampire's life, I want to see it all. We want to see more of their secret society, how they become invisible to us and how they survive for so long. It doesn't need to have cartoonish characters or a silly unbelievable world, just a goth-ish, gore-ish and terrifying delight for our minds and eyes ( Hint* Hint* Tim Burton).

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