“I start every movie thinking how heavy and purposeful it is. But as we film they just get funnier,” director Jim Jarmusch told Time Out London. “In the editing room I ended up saying to myself, hey, it’s really just a comedy, Jim. I don’t seem to be able to remove that inclination to humour if I try.” And thank God for that. While his latest “Only Lovers Left Alive” is a literate tale of vampire love spanning the centuries between a brooding Adam and his understanding Eve, it’s also funny. Really, really funny.
And as the film heads into SXSW for its latest festival appearance, a new trailer has arrived giving us another look at the bloodsuckers. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, John Hurt and Jeffrey Wright, there’s not much of a plot in this one, so much as a series of events that Jarmusch uses to explore philosophy, literature, music, culture and history with his trademark brand of sardonic cool. And indeed, if you’re coming for blood, you’re missing the point, with our Cannes review noting: “the real pleasure of the film is in its languid droll cool and its romantic portrayal of the central couple.”
“Only Lovers Left Alive” opens on April 11th.