Spoiler Alert Saturday :: my thoughts on Only Lovers Left Alive

31 May

What a nice movie!

Surprising nobody, I will begin this by announcing that I am always up for new takes on vampire mythology.  It’s always interesting to me, too, to see the differences in how said mythology is presented in a movie as opposed to a television series or a book series or something; it’s a shorter form, there’s not a whole lot of time to spend explaining the details of how things work or why they happen; there’s more of a “take it as it comes and piece it together yourself – or don’t” way about it.  There were lots of things that weren’t explained, but it didn’t matter.

The mythology was interesting, but it wasn’t the point.  It’s weird for me to say that and be happy about it, because I’m usually such a nut for vampire (or any supernatural) mythology, but I’m an even bigger nut for character work, and that’s what this movie really was.  There were a lot of unanswered questions about the characters, too — why didn’t Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) live together at the beginning of the film despite being very much in love?  What was the relationship between Eve and Ava (Mia Wasikowska) and what was the thing that they’d been so mad at Ava for doing before (was it the same thing?)  How old was Ava (she was displaying some serious baby impulse control issues, after all, but she clearly wasn’t a baby)?  How had Ian (Anton Yelchin) come into Adam’s life? — but I didn’t mind because those weren’t the point either.

The point was just that it was a slice of (un)life, it was two characters experiencing things in a way that their unique life circumstances enabled them to do.  Adam was distraught about things, whereas Eve was — not optimistic about them, exactly, but much more inspired by things.  They were a study in opposites, dark/light in both their clothing and their attitudes, but because of that they balanced.  And they clearly fit perfectly together, given the multitude of ways in which they touched throughout the film.

I’m not sure that there was even a plot, there were just scenes that followed each other logically and it was just very beautiful and interesting.  Not everyone’s kind of movie, but definitely mine when I’m in the right sort of mood.

–your fangirl heroine.

don't be silly


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