Updated: Sep 17, 2020
"The Dead Don't Die" (2019) written & directed by Jim Jarmusch
You might like this if you like: Alright, NON-ZOMBIE fans and ZOMBIE fans will love this movie. I will say it is more of a Zomedy than a Zorror. For the non-zombie fans if you’re just a Bill Murray fan, an Adam Driver fan, Jim Jarmusch fan, OR a Tilda Swinton fan this is a MUST SEE. And as a cherry on top you get to see Tom Waits in a movie again. Iggy too. Chloe Sevigny, Danny Glover, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez… it’s a wildly good cast. The RZA, Rosie Perez Austin Baker (who recently played Tex in Tarantino’s OUTIH)… there’s too many people I’m a fan of in this film for me NOT to love it.
Luka Sabbat (left), Selena Gomez (middle) & Austin Butler (right) in "The Dead Don't Die" (2019)
I don’t think I’ve seen a zombie film for awhile that stood out to me since “Shaun of the Dead” (2004)/Zack Snyder’s “Dawn of the Dead” (2004). I enjoyed both “Zombieland” films but sorry Woody just doesn’t do it for me. I preferred “Zombeavers” (2014). Okay “Train to Busan” (2016) was pretty amazing too and I watched that on an airplane with my old boss which was really fickin’ freaky. I loved it.
Tilda Swinton in "The Dead Don't Die" (2019)
BUT ANYWAYS, I just felt this film had such an original spin to the genre of zombie movies and I think you gotta thank Jim Jarmusch for that. Sean P. Keenan thankfully introduced me to this lovely filmmaker (and also Tom Waits). I’m still studying and learning about Jarmusch, I was big fan of “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” (1999) and “Dead Man” (1995).
Danny Glover (left), Bill Murray (middle) & Adam Driver (right) in "The Dead Don't Die" (2019)
I still gotta catch up on the rest of his filmography but happened to catch his latest one back when it came out last year in 2019. This one just popped up in my mind again and thought more people should be talking about this movie. It’s a lot LIGHTER and fun than most in its genre. Still checks off the zombie movie checkmarks in a wonderful and fresh fashion! It’s a clever, sweet, fun, action packed, little story of these beautiful characters trapped in a ridiculous situation. I don’t want to give much away but I think a lot of fans of every movie genre could appreciate this one!
Written by Sam Gall on 04/07/20
CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0
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