Movie Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

April 01, 2020

So... I was very into Tom Hiddleston these past few days (thanks to Crimson Peak) and I was utterly very delighted to have discovered that I have another movie in my library that starred Tom and Mia again! I enthusiastically set up my TV and prepared myself to watch the movie. After 2 hours, I didn't even know what had happened.

Only Lovers Left Alive is a 2013 comedy-drama film about two vampire lovers, Adam and Eve (interesting names, right?), who with their immortal lives, are utterly bored, coping with modern society. Adam is obsessed with music, while with Eve, it's books (she could read them so fast!). We see a different side of these mythical creatures -- what it's like to live each day in their shoes, and I've got to say that it's sad and lonely.

I like the premise but to state it frankly, I got bored big time. I debated with myself several times in the midst of watching if I would just cut it short because I was so disinterested already. There were no build-up, climax, or conclusion (and Mia's role was just meh!). I didn't know where the story would go. I was just so bored and confused and disappointed. Given that it was an all-star cast (Tilda Swinton! Ahh I love her in the Narnia movie franchise... plus there's the guy that played Ollivander in Harry Potter), I had really high expectations on this movie. πŸ˜‘

Although it was an interesting take on a vampire's life, I was unimpressed of the execution. There's the typical set up wherein these vampires were rich. They used humans to get what they want using money (i.e. getting vintage guitars, obtaining blood from the hospital). I have to say that these vampires were the good kind -- they fight their instincts against the attraction on blood and they don't drink blood directly from humans. Instead, they have these nice tall shot glasses where they pour that thick red blood to drink. I found their reactions after drinking the blood amusing -- everything becomes slow motion as they smile deliriously, with fangs out. 

A short bit of googling led me to learn that this movie was well received, and even earned some awards. Well hmm I guess it's just not for me. Oh well, at least I got to see Tom H. in a rocker musician persona trying to fiddle some tunes on the guitar and the violin. πŸ˜‰πŸŽ»πŸŽΈπŸŽ΅ *well for now excuse me while I search my archives for more movies to watch*

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