New UK Film Review For "Only Lovers Left Alive" Starring Tom Hiddleston + Tilda Swinton

This deadpan comedy introduces us to a pair of snooty, blood-sucking sophisticates who have been gorging on art, literature, and music for centuries.

Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) act like newlyweds, which is quite something considering they tied the knot a few hundred years ago. They are less enamoured with the current state of the human race who, in tired vamp parlance, are now known as “zombies”.

After a relatively recent stint as a rock star, Adam has holed up in a ramshackle house in the suitably blasted city of Detroit.

There he has been hiding from groupies, composing dreary prog rock and collecting vintage musical instruments which are delivered to him by enthusiastic human, Ian (Anton Yelchin).

His only visits to the outside world involve a trip to the local hospital to collect bags of his favourite tipple (O negative) from a bent medic.

Eve, meanwhile, has been in Tangiers spending time with undead playwright Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt) who has been scribbling away for centuries under various pseudonyms, including William Shakespeare. Equally impressive is Chris’ ability to secure “the good stuff” from a friendly doctor – pure blood that vamps can knock safely back now that modern diets have left zombie blood horribly contaminated.

Eve flies to Detroit so the couple can be reunited in time for a surprise visit from her excitable vampire sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska).

“Don’t you know it’s bad luck to cross a threshold uninvited?” says Eve. “I bet you guys are still afraid of garlic,” she replies.

But Ava is a bit more traditional when it comes to dining out. “We’re not in the 15th century,” groans big sis when Ava gets her fangs out.

It’s this knowing banter that is the film’s main source of fun. Because, as is often the case with a Jarmusch movie, there's not much by way of a plot.

This beautifully-shot and smartly-written film will probably feel too slight for fans of Blade or Buffy.

But acolytes of Jarmusch, Swinton and Hiddleston will gulp it down.

Rating: 4/5. In cinemas across the UK from Friday, February 21.


Okay, I know I'm not the only one who has already seen this flaw-free cinematic gem.

Now that V-Day is done, shall we have a nice "OLLA" discussion slash Tom/Tilda party post? ;)