Only Lovers Left Alive is the downbeat story of Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and his wife Eve (Tilda Swinton), centuries old vampires with very different attitudes towards eternal life. Eve is pragmatic and makes the most of her situation while Adam is a brooding, hermit, dangerously introspective and down-right depressed. And that’s about it. Nothing much really happens. We don’t really learn much about the characters. And there’s really not much reason to care about any of it.
I’ll admit it does look good, it’s quite stylish and the soundtrack works well. Hiddleston and Swinton have great chemistry, they seem very comfortable together and are believable as lovers. John Hurt (one of my all time favourite actors) pops up as Christopher Marlowe, which was fun, as was Mia Wasikowska’s turn as Eve’s badly behaved little sister. Anton Yelchin of Star Trek (2009) fame (the kid played Chekov) was also enjoyable as Adam’s helper and link to the outside world. Unfortunately, none of these actors are really given that much to do.
Only Lovers Left Alive was incredibly frustrating, irritatingly slow and disappointingly uneventful. Each time it seemed the film was about to start, and something might happen… well, no. Nothing did. I found it hard work and it seemed longer than its 123 minute running time. Reading some reviews since, it seems I’m in the minority because I didn’t really enjoy it and can’t recommend it. Honestly, in spite of its good points, it just feels like time I’ll never get back.