Only Lovers Left Alive is funny?
After premiering at Cannes and screening at TIFF, Only Lovers Left Alive, aka the vampire movie with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, finally has a trailer. And it looks funny, maybe? Funny is not a word I would use to describe writer/director Jim Jarmusch—usually I would go with obtuse, difficult, not for everyone. But this trailer has some humor that is too precisely timed to be anything other than intentional. It’s in the way Hiddles says, “What a drag” and Swinton’s delivery of “let’s just hope he’s dramatic”. I wonder if this is what early reviews meant when they described the movie as “accessible”. Did Jim Jarmusch make a crowd pleaser?
Only Lovers Left Alive is about a couple of vampires who have a centuries-long love affair reuniting in Detroit. The trailer doesn’t really make the plot very plain—it feels a little like they’re not sure how to advertise this movie—but the little sister (Mia Wasikowska) is a troublemaker, and the trailer makes it look like maybe she kills Anton Yelchin. I’m into the vampire fright wigs; it’s almost cheeky, given how glossy and polished vampires have gotten over the last few years, to see a pair looking so drained and weary. It opens internationally throughout the end of the year but has no US release date. Distributor Sony Pictures Classics is a classy outfit but they’re frugal. Their slate is full already and they’ve got Blue Jasmine and The Armstrong Lie to get through award season; they’ve already kicked Foxcatcher to 2014 and I won’t be surprised if we have to wait on Lovers, too. It feels like a spring release.
Lainey thinks I’m wasting a Gossip Genie wish on wanting Hiddles and Swinton to have an affair, but he could use a good SWINTON-ing. (Lainey: this man is NOT COOL ENOUGH for her.)