Blu-ray review: Only Lovers Left Alive 

click to enlarge GORDON A TIMPEN
  • Gordon A Timpen

As ancient as the vampire genre is, there always seems to be something fresh that can be derived from it. Case in point: Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, a surprisingly warm and darkly funny film that explores the loneliness and ennui of a vampire’s everlasting life.

Adam (Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers) is a reclusive musician living amongst an impressive ocean of analog equipment in a blighted and derelict Detroit neighborhood. His wife, Eve (Tilda Swinton, The Grand Budapest Hotel), lives in Tangiers, but she returns to his side only to be followed by her wayward, Los Angeles-based sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars), who brings nothing but trouble for the couple.

Anyone familiar with Jarmusch’s work won’t be surprised that all of this unfolds rather gradually. He again proves himself a master of the exotic location, beautifully captured by cinematographer Yorick Le Saux. Jarmuch’s cool, detached style meshes well with the nocturnal atmosphere, covering everything in the film like a fine mist.

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