Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer/s: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Savigny, and more.
IT’S BILL FUCKIN MURRAY!!!!! Sorry, wrong zombie flick but you catch my drift! Here we are with the Oberrated review of the limited release movie that is “The Dead Don’t Die”! Some of you may have caught wind of this movie and some probably had no idea this exists. Regardless of which side of the coin you are on, if you like zombie movies, comedies, and ultimately Bill Fricken Murray, then this film probably suits your tastes. Ultimately, it certainly was a special kind of film!
“The peaceful town of Ceterville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.”
The elephant in the room once eyes have settled and finished on “The Dead Don’t Die” is typically all about the comedy. This movie is one-hundred percent a dry and dead-pan comedy film and it will NOT be everyone’s cup of tea. The interactions between each character are monotone and direct. There is hardly any major charismatic characters in here but perhaps there is a reason to it? Something Jim Jarmusch is trying to tell us. Regardless, for myself, it works well. Noticeable and something to make a comment about but overall it was hilarious. On top of dead-pan style comedy, another added flair to the film is how meta it is. As much as I would love to spoil it here, I’ll save a couple sentences below the review as a whole for that. This adds so much to the comedy for me and I was cracking the hell up during my screening. Again, this style of comedy will not be everyone’s taste but if you do like the direct and dead-pan style, catch this ASAP.
Performance-wise, everyone was perfect in their roles. Funny thing is, the cast all plays very realistic characters where I found myself sitting there thinking, “hey, he/she reminds me of ____.” From our main characters to the supporting roles, I had a great appreciation for everyone.
Now by no means am I sitting here saying this movie is excellent. It is absurd, blunt, and strange. Which will be the deciding factor for some that this is the best thing since sliced bread but for others, such as myself, will either create a decent outing with a movie or even vehement distaste for it. The dead-pan comedy and strange events ultimately make an above-average experience for me. I laughed out loud a couple times and I sat minorly giggling to myself at others, yet I also found myself rolling my eyes at moments due to the straight up strangeness. I strongly urge you to think of your taste of comedy. This stuff is strange and blunt but maybe in the proper ways for you but also could be a waste of time.
“The Dead Don’t Die” is well aware of what it is *wink. A mostly hilarious outing is delivered by Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Savigny, and company. An extravagant story, strange vibes, and dead-pan style humor runs amok and does not cease until those credits begin to roll. Certainly a film to appeal to a niche crowd and not to the general mass but hey, that is okay. That is the beauty of film.
***SPOILERS SPOILER SPOILERS***
Quick little spoiler section here!
1. The Star Wars Star Destroyer key ring on Adam Driver’s keys is the single greatest moment of the film.
2. As much as I didn’t want to laugh at how much the movie plays Sturgill Simpson’s “The Dead Don’t Die” and they talk about how great of a song it was, I won’t like… I was laughing my ass off each time.
3. The meta moment of Adam Driver reading the whole script versus Bill Murray not being given a whole script also had me dying.
4. Tilda Swinton: Fucking what?!?!? What even was she? I’m at a loss, hahaha.
5. What happened to the juveniles? I forget.