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Directed by Jim Jarmusch, staring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Waskikowska, Anton Yelchin and John Hurt. We are introduced to the two vampire lovers who have met over centuries.  This feature focuses on their reuniting; on this occasion they are disrupted by the arrival  of an uncontrollable sister.


In an age where vampires and zombies seem to be everywhere in most forms of entertainment, this is the most authentic and honest depiction of vampires I have yet seen, with almost total focus on their relationships. This is an incredible watch as we are not subjected to hatred from people wanting to hunt vampires, instead exposed to a decade old romance with realistic views on coping with living for so long.

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton compliment each other perfectly; their performance alone here gives a reason to watch this film.  They bring an energy to the screen, so that whenever one feels the boredom rising, perhaps feeling  this story should come to a close, their synergy engages the viewer again. Both give you a performance more than enough to be entertained and commit you to a plot line that should really only take an hour or so to tell.

This is where I think the film becomes more intelligent, through a culmination of layers Hiddleston’s character is a musician who is deeply depressed at the lack of intelligent humans or ‘zombies’ as he calls us. Due to the small references in the scripts which allow the audience to infer they are centuries old, mixed with the length of the film we get a sense of realism for them in their centuries old existence. This creates a feeling of sympathy for Hiddleston’s character who, due to script,  we know has been influential to music for an exceedingly long time.

This is where I think the film becomes more intelligent, through a culmination of layers Hiddleston’s character is a musician who is deeply depressed at the lack of intelligent humans or ‘zombies’ as he calls us. Due to the small references in the scripts which allow the audience to infer they are centuries old, mixed with the length of the film we get a sense of realism for them in their centuries old existence. This creates a feeling of sympathy for Hiddleston’s character who, due to script,  we know has been influential to music for an exceedingly long time.

This film will not be for everyone, though an intelligent film I feel the audience, while not small, will be selective as it takes a certain interest in supernatural to want to watch this film.

OVERALL**** An excellent, well played and scripted film with the only draw back being its length and slow progression through the narrative.

RECOMMENDATION – If you are a fan of any of the aforementioned actors or have a liking for stronger supernatural stories then this is a powerful film not to miss.