"ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE" #9 TOP INDIE FILM 2014

2/10/15
Only Lovers Left Alive

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Coming in at 9 in our countdown of the Best Indie Films of 2014 is a slow-moving, brooding vampire flick that deals with the disillusionment of being an immortal bloodsucking creature rather than the youthfulness and vitality that go along with being such; you know its supposed perks. And when all is said and done, it’s just about the most realistic depiction of what vampires go through every waking hour of their drawn-out existence.

You see, immortality is both a gift and a curse and "Only Lovers Left Alive" illustrated it in the most esoteric way possible. The literary allusions alone would be enough to make your head spin. But isn’t that how it’s supposed to be? When you’ve been alive for centuries, you’d behave like an old fart and not like a prepubescent tween who sparkles under the sun and whines and moans over trivial stuff.

 

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE - TRAILER

Here we have Adam (Tom Hiddleston), a reclusive vampire and a purist musician of sorts living under the radar in a decaying post-industrial city aptly named Detroit. He’s obviously disillusioned with modern society, with humans’ wasteful ways and tolerance for mediocrity and of course the crappy state of modern music. He collects vintage guitars and records songs using analog four-track recorders in his private studio which naturally will never be released and when he gets thirsty, he gets a few vials of high-quality blood at a nearby hospital because he’s too refined to suck blood from random people in the streets.

If Adam is wasting away in Detroit, his lover, naturally named Eve (Tilda Swinton) is enjoying her immortality half-way around the world in Tangier, taking in the sights and sounds of what the exotic city has to offer. Keeping her company is her friend and supplier poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe, who you would imagine by now, have grown tired of being asked if whether or not he wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

 

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE - BEST SCENE

Adam and Eve may have been living apart but they’re in love as ever, co-existing with humans with their unique arrangement, until her self-destructive sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) shows up in Detroit and wrecks havoc in the already troubled city—threatening to blow their centuries-old cover.

It’s a vampire movie unlike any other and perhaps one of the Best Indie Movies of 2014. It’s snottily artsy, quirky, esoteric and at times funny; in short, a vampire flick especially made by and for hipsters. I kid of course. ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ is for the misfits or the disenfranchised out there who’ve felt alienated with the slew of prepubescent tween vampires/romance movies that have come out over the years. What makes ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ a cut above the rest is that it marches to the beat of its own drum. It doesn’t try to fit in and by doing so, it has injected a much-needed dose of fresh perspective into an already anemic genre.

 

Synopsis
Adam (Tom Hiddleston), a vampire hermit and an underground musician by profession or passion is wasting away in Detroit. He decides to reunite with his centuries-old lover Eve (Tilda Swinton) who lives halfway around the world in sunny Tangier after he becomes increasingly disillusioned with modern society and human beings’ wasteful and uninspired existence. The two lovers have survived centuries of turmoil and mediocrity because they’ve managed to live behind the scenes and co-exist with human beings. Until Eve’s reckless sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) shows up in Detroit and leaves a trail of destruction wherever she goes. Eve needs to tame Ava before their cover is blown and their very existence ruined by such reckless behavior.