For all his indie filmmaker bona fides, Jim Jarmusch’s output has been rather eclectic over the 30 years he’s been active. Initially known for quirky dramedies such as Mystery Train and Night on Earth, Jarmusch subsequently expanded into other genres – the Western with Dead Man, samurai action with Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, and crime thrillers with The Limits of Control. Of course, all of these offerings retained that signature Jarmusch sense of general weirdness.
Given this willingness to experiment, it should probably come as no surprise that Jarmusch is dipping his directorial toe in the vampire craze with Only Lovers Left Alive. Featuring Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) as Adam and Eve, a pair of immortals increasingly disconnected from human society, the film has debuted a new trailer for the run-up to its international release in December.
As is common with a Jarmusch joint, Only Lovers Left Alive appears to be playing sarcastically with its genre while simultaneously exploring its corners with an almost dour intensity. Both melancholy and dread mix freely throughout the preview.
Perhaps the most promising aspects of the trailer are the direct parallels between vampiric thirst and drug addiction – something that could underline Adam and Eve’s rock-and-roll lifestyle. Though it’s not exactly a new idea, the thematic resonance of that imagery could make Only Lovers Left Alive smarter and more engaging than the average bloodsucker flick.
Though The Only Lovers Left Alive has already debuted at several film festivals, it does not yet have a definitive US release date. Watch Screen Rant carefully to see when this film will finally creep from the shadows.