The Dead Don't Die (2019)
June 19, 2019 12:22 PM - Subscribe

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves, in a new film directed by Jim Jarmusch and featuring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, RZA, Tom Waits, and lots more!
posted by chrchr (7 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Okay. I love Sturgill Simpson and all, but damn. This was another one of those movies that seemed like a good idea, but in actuality, it fell short.

There were moments, but they were few in far between. The entire movie felt like I was watching it through a haze of excessive anti-depressants. Everything was flat and joyless, but you could identify moments where the horror was trying to burst through, but the flatness just suffocated it.
posted by teleri025 at 2:58 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]

To me, it felt like a USA Up All Night movie but made on purpose by smart people. I didn't hate it. I like the idea of "polar fracking".
posted by chrchr at 3:22 PM on June 19

I think that this works best if your reason for going is for the "Jim Jarmusch" part of the phrase "Jim Jarmusch zombie movie". And much as I love Jarmusch, I also get that Jarmusch at his Jarmuschiest ain't for everyone; what reads to me as "slow burn joke" can indeed come across as "flat".

The Filmspotting podcast got really thought-provoking in their review, where they were talking about analogies between the various characters and the public reaction to current events and the current state of the world. Whether you agree or not, there IS an inherent logic to it. So you can get into it on that level. Or you can also get into it on the level of "that is probably the Tilda Swinton-est character I've ever seen Tilda Swinton play".

I also had an added bonus - some friends own a vacation house in the town in upstate NY where they did most of the filming, and I've been up there to visit a lot over the past several years, so I was having fun playing spot-the-location (zombies stumbling around outside the craft shop I always wanted to visit but was never open, Tilda Swinton beheading a zombie outside the house where we got to play with a friendly St. Bernard, stuff like that).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:21 AM on June 20 [4 favorites]

“The world is perfect,
Pay attention to the details”

3/4 of a good movie.
posted by From Bklyn at 3:04 PM on June 25 [1 favorite]

In THE DEAD DON'T DIE, the real monster is our own passivity:
Jim Jarmusch's new movie is an accusation aimed at his audience: As the world plummets toward an ecological catastrophe, we still shamble through our former existences, brainless, as though the end of the world hasn't already been written.
posted by chrchr at 11:03 AM on June 26

I loved it. It was just my kind of weird. Also, the only other movie I can think of that has both zombies and flying saucers is Plan 9 from Outer Space, so in my headcanon, Tilda Swinton's character is an undercover agent sent to blend in with the humans to make sure Plan 9 is proceeding as intended.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:46 AM on June 28

I was so disappointed. I wanted to love it. My heart was completely open.

I thought it had big problems: the script was poor, George Romero timing simply doesn't work as a comedy, there was a misunderstanding of zombie movies as a genre (particularly as it relates to our fear of the Other), and what insights it did bring were pretty fucking jejune. 'Consumerism makes us zombies'. Thanks for that revelation, Jim. Hipster jokes? Jokes about being addicted to cell phones? Come on -- aim higher.

I think they all thought this would be a fun movie to make, and simply didn't do the work.

My one actual laugh was when Bill broke. That was it. Everything else I had to reach for.

I tried to like it. I really did. Half an hour in and not finding any jokes yet, I realized that I was watching my biggest film disappointment since Phantom Menace.

Awful. Just awful.
posted by Capt. Renault at 7:38 AM on July 12 [2 favorites]

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