I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I went to go see Only Lovers Left Alive this past week. I had hoped for something better than Twilight, and knew better than to expect Dracula: Dead and Loving It. However, not knowing what to expect probably enhanced the experience. Sometimes knowing too much kills a film. A piece of advice, I'd say go into this just expecting an art film. If you do that, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Our story is built around Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton). When first introduced to Adam, I immediately latched onto him because of his point of view of the world. To Adam and his contemporaries, humanity is filled with zombies. Those trudging along through the world, just floating by, not really embracing life. I whole heartily agree with Adam; in that many don't take the world by the hands and squeeze the most out of it. Adam looks up to the greats like Socrates, Newton, and Tesla. However, in the same hand he recognizes how society has treated these people (ie. Socrates was sentences to death). The idea is an interesting one, society destroys all that is good and progressive. Adam cares more for humanity than humanity does for itself.
Music is extremely influential to this film. It is essential to Adam's life and well being. To give you a frame of reference, think about how Across the Universe used music. I'm not talking about the singing, I'm talking about how it moved the story along and told you about each character. That is the format in which Only Lovers Left Alive uses music. The one liners in this film are equally as brilliant. I could ramble a couple off for you, but I don't want to spoil anything. The film is mostly set in Detroit, Michigan; which serves as a reflection of Adam's mental state. He is alone, lost, dark, and abandoned. Detroit was a perfect choice for his character.
Now to Eve, played by the curious Tilda Swinton. Her relationship with Adam is one of care and concern. You can tell she really does love him. A few centuries together does do that to you. Yes, I said centuries. I wanted to lay out as much of the story before I broke this to you. For those of you who don't know, Adam and Eve are vampires. The reason I formatted this post this way is because that's how the film is formatted. It's not really about their vampire tendencies, it's more about what it's like to have lived so long and seen so much. For vampires, they actually live a pretty sensible lifestyle. The lack of gruesome scenes lends itself to humanizing Adam and Eve. Which was a brilliant idea I might add! All in all, I'd say Only Lovers Left Alive is worth seeing for sure!
Originally posted at Your Friend Elle