Jim Jarmusch is a wonderfully original filmmaker, but in a market saturated with vampire love stories like Twilight and True Blood, does Only Lovers Left Alive offer anything new?
Sadly, it never quite succeeds in subverting the Gothic genre the way Dead Man does the Western, with repetition replacing invention. The bleak, dark colour palette and slow pacing mirrors the world-weary outlook of the centuries-old protagonists, but soon becomes monotonous.
However, the arrival of Wasikowska as Eve’s annoying little sister in the second act injects much-needed life and humour into the film, with Swinton and Hiddleston delivering sarcastic witticisms with aplomb.
Although a darkly comic watch, Only Lovers Left Alive is ultimately a meditation on love and aging, lacking the bite to be a truly original reinterpretation of the vampire mythos.
CAST: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, John Hurt
DIRECTOR: Jim Jarmusch
WRITER: Jim Jarmusch
SYNOPSIS: Rock ‘n’ Roll vampires Adam and Eve seek to reignite their love, but living for centuries has taken its toll leaving them disillusioned with life (after death).