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Only Lovers Left Alive-A Humble Review

Good evening (good morning in some cases), my loves. How has your weekend been treating you? My Saturday has been one of those days where I’ve had quite a bit to do and nothing went quite right. But, I did accomplish most of what I set out to do, and my Friday was spectacular and makes up for everything today. The universe requires balance, so I’m guessing that’s what today was. I just wish it didn’t have to be so demanding about it, though. Good grief.

So, let’s get to it. This is what I did last night:

only lovers left alive

You guys, this was a fantastic movie. It was funny,  intelligent, moving, and so very beautiful. the scenes were well written and intense. There were quiet scenes that were made all the more intense and poignant for their soft silence. Tilda Swinton was lovely, and her portayal of the vampiress Eve was sensual and had a sense of the mystical about her. She reminded me of some exotic lily, like a Tiger Lily, or something. She was graceful and brought out the best in her husband, Adam. Adam, played by Tom Hiddleston, is a very intense, very Byronic character, dark and melancholy, with a large flair for the dramatic. (I just giggled as I typed that-I don’t know why, it tickles my sense of humor.) He’s something of a pack rat, and I could not stop grinning at the state of his house (something about the electronics everywhere and his refusal of current technology really amused me-in a good way). But, Mr. Hiddleston’s portrayal of this character was very touching. Honestly, the whole time I watched the movie I kept thinking of Light and Dark, Eve and Adam, and my poem The Masks. Eve is just so full of life, and Adam needs that so much. They are yin yang; they are balance. Jarmusch did an outstanding job with these characters. By the end of the movie, I was a part of their world.

I’m trying not to give any spoilers and that’s pretty hard to do because there were so many great moments in this movie. John Hurt as Christopher Marlowe was incredible, and I loved his scenes with Eve. They were sweet, and moving. Mia Wasikowska’s character, Ava was definitely a treat. I did not like Ava one bit. You knew she was trouble before she even appeared, though she was only mentioned three times: ‘I had a dream about your sister”. But Mia played her so well and it seemed like she had a lot of fun. Honestly, she reminded me of my baby sister exactly. Oh, how I felt Adam’s pain then, and Eve’s dilemma. I do not blame Adam for his attitude towards Ava at all. Good job Ms. Wasikowska. That’s how you make a character memorable. Everyone in this movie was very good. I’m telling you, the acting was brilliant.

So, here’s the thing. This is a movie not about vampires. This is a movie revolving around two people who just happen to be vampires. Other than the required drinking of blood moments, the show of enlarged canine teeth, a few fast forward motion segments, and the talk about vampire life, there really wasn’t all that much vampire action, if you will. This was a movie about a couple who are trying to survive in a world gone to hell. Their love for each other is deeply intense and powerful, and you could feel a sense of the intensity of it through really stellar acting. There was no Jadis in Tilda’s Eve and no Loki in Hiddleston’s Adam, other than the hair for both vampires (that’s the closest it got). These two characters were complete in themselves. You liked them by the end of the movie. At least, I did. It was hard not to want the kind of connection they shared, because the acting was that good. I don’t know how many times I had tears in my eyes, but it was often. Every little thing this couple shared and said and felt was touching or moving, or funny. And the lines! Oh my gosh, there were some really good lines in this movie. Two of my favorites: “What was Mary Wollstonecraft like? She was delicious” and “You drank Ian”.  Oh god, that last one still has me laughing. See, I was given a cat for my 16th birthday, about a month after the cat I’d loved so much died from a vicious attack by a mean dog. I named the cat Ian. So that line made me laugh so hard and brought that cat to mind. It honestly was the last thing I expected to hear and laugh at. But it was so funny.

The music throughout the movie was awesome. I was already a fan of Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch’s The Mystery of Heaven, but this took that a step further with Jarmusch’s band SQÜRL. And the performance by Yasmine Hamdan was beautiful. The only bad thing I can say about this movie is that it isn’t an action film. For me, that’s not a bad thing at all but it may turn some of you off. It’s an independent film and if you don’t like that kind of thing, then this would not be for you. I love indie films and this was one of the best I’ve seen. The scenes were slow and intimate. I felt the conversation was easy and familiar, the way a couple talks to each other. I loved when Adam was telling Eve about Einstein’s Theory of Entanglement. That was so beautiful, as was Eve’s story about the diamond.

If I could have stayed and watched this movie again I would have. It was played at the Angelika Theater in Dallas, Tx and the one in Plano, Tx. I love this theater. One of the few you can order wine and watch a movie. The wine isn’t particularly great and there isn’t a great selection, but still…it’s nice to have a glass (or cup in this case) and watch a really good movie. The movie definitely made up for the wine. I really want to go see this movie again so I can pay more attention to the details, but it’s hard to get away with three kids. I’m just going to have to wait for the dvd. Sigh. Thank goodness I’m a patient person.

So, that’s my review. It really is worth going to see.

Tomorrow I am hosting my writing group at my house and I’ve still got quite a bit to do before bed, but at least the hard stuff was completed today. Now to do touch-ups and mop once everyone is actually asleep. I swear, these kids are wired tonight. Jack just woke up from a bad dream and the Tornado (Ryan, Amber. His real name is Ryan, not Thomas, not Tornado. Ryan. Well, actually his first name is Thomas so that means his real name is Thomas, too, but his middle name is Ryan.*wink*) refuses to stay asleep. It’s going to be a long night.

Take care everyone! Sleep sweet and have a great Sunday!

xo Jess

Jesi Scott is an aspiring writer of novels, a poet, and blogger. She has guest-blogged over at The Well-Tempered Bards, and has a post featured at For Love Of…. Jesi has two poems published in Memories of Mist, a literary anthology, and one published story in a newsletter. She is currently working on releasing her first poetry collection as well as writing her first novel. When not writing, Jesi can be found getting lost in bookstores, singing and dancing around the house, experiencing culture with friends, and generally having fun with her four sons when they aren’t driving her weeping into her closet, which she calls her Padded Cell. She loves to rescue stray bookmarks, as well as books, and has opened her heart to any and all stories needing a home. Archery is her current favorite thing ever but you might want to stand back a little as she still has a tendency to drop the bow occasionally.

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