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This being my first Jim Jarmusch film, all I can say is wow. Only Lovers Left Alive follows the story of Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), a perfectly named vampire couple who's relationship has lasted for multiple centuries. Adam, sick of the dull life he's living, calls up Eve, who's living on the opposite side of the world, and invites her over, but what once appears to be a seemingly romantic occurrent soon changes when they're visited by Eve's sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska). Her appearance causes more of a disturbance than what either of them thought could ever happen to their quiet, eternal lives.
Meticulously shot, Only Lovers Left Alive is worth seeing for the cinematography alone. The highlight of this movie, for me, is one of the opening scenes, which shows both Adam, Eve and Marlowe (John Hurt) simultaneously drinking human blood. This scene, which intercuts between all 3 of them, is shot to perfection. While this is gloriously maintained for the entirety of the movie, it never came as quite that big a shock. Shockingly delightful, that is. The cinematography in this movie is marvellous, finding the most unique ways to look at these characters lives. Everything from drinking blood to playing music to laying naked in bed is filmed in the most outright and mesmerising of ways. Best cinematography so far in 2014? Abso-bloody-lutely. Sorry for the slang, but I can't help it, I'm Australian.
Jim Jarmusch gives smashing direction, allowing for extravagant performances. Tom Hiddleston is in his prime, giving my personal favourite performance of his to date. He and his in-film love interest, Tilda Swinton, have excellent chemistry. Their chemistry really make this movie what it is. 2014 is really the year of Tilda Swinton, with her giving fantastic and occasionally unrecognisable performances in this, Snowpiercer, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Zero Theorem. This is her year and Only Lovers Left Alive features yet another mesmerising performance. The film is emotional, smart and surprisingly funny, featuring an absolutely hilarious scene involving blood flavoured popsicles.
Between the supremely good soundtrack and well written screenplay, there's only really one flaw that this film's got, and even then it's rather minor. Once Mia Wasikowska enters the picture, which takes place during the second act, the film slows down quite a bit. The film goes from being an incredibly fast paced and interesting movie to simply an interesting movie. The film's overall quality isn't lowered one bit, it being still gorgeous to watch, but its pacing is slightly affected.
To sum up, Only Lovers Left Alive's meticulous cinematography makes it worth seeing for that reason alone, but with smashing direction, extravagant performances and a supremely good soundtrack, it's got plenty more reasons to watch.