Vampires have had a really bad time of it ever since the Twilight series came out. Gone are the days of the decadent, broody, romantic Anne Rice vampires, replaced instead with creepy, sparkly, washed-out wimps from Stephanie Meyer’s wish-fulfilment fantasies.
So it’s about time that someone brought vampires back to the mainstream and made them cool again, and Jim Jarmusch is the man for the job. As writer and director of Only Lovers Left Alive, Jarmusch has crafted a tale harking back to when vampires where edgy, ageless and felt the weight of their immortality.
Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE tells 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.
Now that’s more like it. With the delicious Tom Hiddleston leading the cast as a centuries-old musician, and the ethereal Tilda Swinton as his companion, this is a vampire movie with some weight.
Also starring John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright, Only Lovers Left Alive opens on April 11.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014