Film review: The Dead Don’t Die

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We got invited to an advanced screening of zombie comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die.’ Check out our film review below! 

 

THE DEAD DON’T DIE

The Greatest Zombie Cast Ever Disassembled

Bill Murray ~ Cliff Robertson

Adam Driver ~ Ronnie Peterson

Tilda Swinton ~ Zelda Wintson

Chloë Sevigny ~ Mindy Morrison

Steve Buscemi ~ Farmer Miller

Danny Glover ~ Hank Thompson

Caleb Landry Jones ~ Bobby Wiggins

Rosie Perez ~ Posie Juarez

Iggy Pop ~ Coffee Zombie

Sara Driver ~ Coffee Zombie

RZA ~ Dean

Carol Kane ~ Mallory O’Brien

Austin Butler ~ Jack

Luka Sabbat ~ Zach

Selena Gomez ~ Zoe

and Tom Waits ~ Hermit Bob

 

The Filmmakers

Written and Directed by

Jim Jarmusch

 

Produced by

Joshua Astrachan

Carter Logan

 

Synopsis

In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable, and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. No one quite knows why. News reports are scary and scientists are concerned. But no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville: The Dead Don’t Die — they rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living, and the citizens of the town must battle for their survival.

From writer-director Jim Jarmusch (Paterson, Gimme Danger) comes a star-studded horror comedy featuring an ensemble cast of Jarmusch regulars (Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits) and newcomers to the fold (Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Carol Kane) in a raucous, rueful and satirical glimpse at American habits and desires at the end of the world — a comically terrifying state of the nation addressed in a true cinematic original.

Reviewer’s thoughts

Adam Driver and Bill Murray lead the audience down a hilarious ride in The Dead Don’t Die. The film is intriguing from the start and keeps you guessing what will happen next. The unpredictability keeps this film fun and light and with the humor intermixed to create a film you wouldn’t quite expect. Each character in the film reacted to the impeding zombie apocalypse in a unique way, and watching all of these reactions unfold was extremely entertaining.

The film is a particular type of dark comedy, but its comedy is spot on. It’s reminiscent of the comedic style of ‘This is the End.’ There’s a sarcastic undertone and lots of hilarious references in the most unexpected moments. This often catches the audience off guard, which just made the humor that much more effective. The comedy in the film might come off divisive among audiences, as it’s not a comedy that’s intended for everyone. But I am a fan of this particular style, and I can definitely embrace this cinematic experience.

Don’t go into the film thinking you’re going to get a horror film. There are certainly horror elements, but this is not at the forefront. There’s nods to politics, climate change, media, and pop culture. But it’s all done in a way that just adds to the comedy, and is not offensive or preachy. The film doesn’t take itself seriously, and it’s best to go into it with this same approach, and just enjoy the movie for its great acting, funny tone, and unpredictability. I highly recommend you go see the film, and have FUN with it! Go for the laughs and the shock value and you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did.

 

 

The Dead Don’t Die hits theaters on June 14th!