The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

Quick Reviews

Written & Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Starring Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Austin Butler, RZA, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Carol Kane & Selena Gomez

Release Date: June 14, 2019

Running Time: 1hr 44min

Rating: R

A trio cops (Murray, Driver, Sevigny) deal with a sudden zombie outbreak in their usually quiet small town. I’ve been a fan of Jim Jarmusch since high school, this was the first movie of his I got to to see in theaters.

The movie did decent financially, earning $12.8 millionagainst a $2.5 million budget. Critical response was mixed, as is pretty common with Jim Jarmusch films.

I really enjoyed this movie. It’s not a laugh hysterically kind of comedy, the humor is very dry (those familiar with Jarmusch’s previous films won’t be surprised by that). Bill Murray is his usual brilliant deadpan self, while Adam Driver has great rapport with him.

The rest of the ensemble cast is fun too, particularly Tilda Swinton as an eccentric mortician who’s handy with a katana. The zombie effects are also unique, they spurt out ash instead of blood and gore, plus some retain certain memories of their past lives (this of course has been brought up in other zombie films, notably George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead).

Should you see it? If you’re a fan of Jim Jarmusch then I say definitely. Anyone else, it really depends on your sense humor. Like I said is a dry film and the pace is leisurely. Still I think it’s a unique addition to to the zombie genre.

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