Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) – Review

Only Lovers Left Alive tells the story of Adam and Eve, two vampire lovers that decide to reunite with each other after years apart.

The pairing of Tilda Swinton (Eve) and Tom Hiddleston (Adam) often made me cringe at times; I didn’t know why. In spite of that, the quirkiness and eccentricity of Tilda Swinton fitted the role of Eve perfectly. Tom Hiddleston gave a rather acceptable performance too. Hearing Tom Hiddleston swear was also a highlight for me. It’s funny how we never imagine some actors and/or celebrities swearing even though they’re human just like the rest of us.

In terms of the story, not much went on. It was a very ‘in the moment’ and simplistic kind of film, often lingering on shots and choosing to feature more diegetic sound rather than non diegetic sound. I rather enjoyed the mention of history when the characters would talk about how they remembered this historical figure or that historical figure.

Only Lovers Left Alive created a realistic image of the vampire genre that many films tend to fail at. Instead of dwelling on their past, the story was solely devoted to Adam and Eve in the 21st century with no flashbacks throughout the entire film. You could also see a physical strain of living for so long within the setting and costume department. Something as simple as Adam and Eve’s worn, long and messy hair, challenged the idealist image of vampire genre, making it a rather enjoyable independent film.