Confession, I’m not sure where to take this blog. I want to talk/write about vampire movies, but am unsure where the focus should be. Should I write about the films that I love or the films that I think are OK, but are interesting to the genre? I’m leaning towards vampire films that in some way resonated with me. Which leads me to the 2013 film, Only Lovers Left Alive.
Ok ok, I joked with my friend Jen that the only reason I started this blog was an excuse to talk about how “thirsty” vampire movies make me…and I was only 90% kidding. And the two leads in this particular film just so happen to be the gorgeous Tom Hiddleston and ethereal Goddess Tilda Swinton. But, that’s not why I’m writing about Only Lovers Left Alive.
Labeled as a “comedy – drama” this film is stylish, quirky, and at times funny. But it’s the subtle way it does these three things that caught my attention. The film centers around a vampire husband and wife named, Adam and Eve (Tom and Tilda) and the struggles they face living in a modern society after hundreds of years of well… being vampires. Adam in particular is depressed and questions what being immortal truly means.
First off, I love how this film creates it’s own vampire mythos. Watching the movie, you noticed little things that the vampires do, little rituals that you glimpse. For example, they wear gloves and it symbolizes something in their vampire culture/world that is never explained. The way they savor drinking human blood and do so like it’s a fine vintage of wine. They wear stylish sunglasses to hide their unearthly eyes.
I also love that when the movie starts the Adam and Eve live on different continents! Yes, being in a long lasting relationship does not mean you have to spend every second together. In fact, you get a great idea of who Adam and Eve are by where they live and their respected abodes. Adam lives in Detroit ( a dead city to him and perfect for his love of music) and his house is filled with vintage guitars, instruments and hodge podged inventions.
Eve on the other hand lives in Tangier, and her house makes this book lover swoon. Stacks and stacks of books fill the rooms in her bohemian styled house. Still, Eve realizes that Adam needs her support and travels to Detroit to be with him. Once together the chemistry between the two undead lovers is sweet to behold, like two halves that make a whole. When they embrace you see this yin and yang, dark and light fitting together. Even though they see the world differently, Eve tries to remind Adam about the beauty of immortality, especially since they are together again.
The plot isn’t very important in the film, and that’s ok! The true focus of the story are Adam and Eve and just sneaking a peek into their dark broody (un)dead lives. I mean, there’s the sudden appearance of Eve’s younger vampire sister, Ava, that the couple have to deal with (Mia Wasikowska, is great as Ava) . And a few dead bodies to dispose of….this is a vampire film after all. But, worry not my squeamish readers, this movie is light on gore and blood!
So yes, this is a vampire movie that answers the question, do vampires get tired of being vampires? And the answer is of course! But as Eve explains Adam, “How can you’ve lived for so long and still not get it? This self obsession is a waste of living. It could be spend in surviving things, appreciating nature, nurturing kindness and friendship, and dancing.”
The key is finding someone who gets you! And to look like Tom Hiddleston, but mainly to find a companion for the journey.
Thanks for reading!
You drank Ian!– Adam