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Discussion in 'General' started by Colin, Apr 1, 2019.
You had me at Jarmusch.
Looks fun, man that's a cast!
I adore Jim Jarmusch. Count me in.
Edit: They really didn't need to apply any zombie makeup to Iggy Pop.
Maybe I'm just old and grumpy, but it's pretty rare these days for me to be very excited about an upcoming movie. This one looks like it might be fun though- can't wait.
Wow, that cast.
Didn't realize this comes out this week. And it's getting like next to zero promotion. Shame.
I've been seeing quite a few TV spots considering it's a limited release (under 1000 theaters). It doesn't even look like it's playing here, or at least it's not on the schedule yet.
Oh. Near me, last night was the first TV spot I've seen for it. Near me it's playing in an AMC and a Bowtie. Both only have one showing time Friday.
I've seen a couple of really bad reviews for this (both 2/10), but I'm looking forward to seeing it. Doesn't appear to be showing anywhere near me though.
Saw it last night and I can't say I'd recommend it. I laughed more during the trailer for Stuber than this whole film and even when I did laugh it was just a chuckle. Seemed like a love-in for the cast and Jarmusch but the audience was left out in the cold. While there were quite a few of us in the theater, besides a single laugh every now and again, it was dead silent. It's a lot of wasted potential and with all the Romero butt kissing it does you'd think they'd throw the SFX guys a bone and have some iconic zombie kills but it seems like they intentionally avoided Savini-esque set pieces. It made for a really dull zombie movie. Dawn of the Dead literally has pie throwing at zombies so you need to try a little harder if you want to be a zom-com.
Feels like a first draft with way too much setup and not enough punchline. The scenes where they broke the 4th wall nobody laughed at and always make an unfunny comedy all the worse for wear like they're desperate for any laugh. The scenes with Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloë Sevigny were good and could have served as a grounded but humorous lead story for the madcap events to encircle but nothing else in the film works. Tilda Swinton's scenes grind the film to a halt and quite a bit of it is completely pointless (Selena Gomez's scenes interacting with the leads are kinda funny but I'd rather they'd been cut
(with seeing her decapitated as really the only payoff; Never thought I'd see the day!)
and there's quite a few scenes with kids in a juvenile detention center that doesn't seem to even try to be funny and serves no purpose. Jarmusch claims he wanted to show how smart this upcoming generation are but all they did was lock themselves in a closet and then when the coast was clear escape. Any frighten toddler would do the same.)
And what is it about UFOs randomly showing up in a comedy movie? Feels like it's been done to death. I think I've seen a comedy do it every month this year. I literally lowered my head to hand and shook it ashamed by proxy. Swinton getting beamed up by the UFO was a bit too telegraphed for a gag that is old hat by now; UHF did it 30 years ago!
If you tightened it by cutting it down to less then 90 minutes and used alternate takes were you left in something funnier like a flub or two you might have ended up with something less disappointing. At least then one could say one more good thing about it, "Well at least it was short."
There are scores of filmmakers out there who could have taken these actors, taken this production crew and used this money to make an entertaining zombie movie. I'm curious what the Jarmusch fans on this board think. Usually when a movie splits an audience I come out in support of it but this one left me cold.
Really appreciate your thoughts on the flick. Heard a lot of the same...... I'll skip the theater for this one.
I see him around town sometimes so I gotta see it in the interest of shopping local first. Jim seems like a real nice guy and I heard he made the film around here so thats got my cash.
I wouldn't say this is nearly as bad as a lot of people have made it out to be, but it is a huge letdown overall. I did enjoy the first half of the film - for what it was worth - featuring your standard traits of a Jarmusch film (quirky characters, deadpan humor, etc), but the film really comes unglued in the final act. After the credits rolled I felt like I watched a film with an unfinished script. It's really a frustrating watch when the film is all setup and no payoff. I'd say wait for the DVD release if you're curious, just keep your expectations in check.
This is finally opening here on Friday.
However, I still need to see Toy Story 4, Midsommar, and maybe even Annabelle. So with the competition, bad reviews, and the fact that it has been out for a few weeks now (closer to disc release), I might wait for home on this one.
I had also been seeing some extremely negative reactions to The Dead Don't Die, stuff like "worst movie ever" "so boring" "nothing happens", etc. I'm glad they lowered the bar for me, because I thoroughly enjoyed this! I found it just leisurely, laid-back, and fun. I suppose I can see where the negative criticisms are coming from, because there aren't really any suspenseful zombie scenes and the humor isn't always overt. Everything about the movie is very casual.
Probably an hour of the movie is spent simply establishing this small town and jumping around to the various quirky residents as they go about their day-to-day. I can see how this might be boring to some, but I enjoyed it. The town had great mid-western atmosphere, and the cast is made up of memorable character actors just having fun. I will say shame on them for wasting Carol Kane, who is basically limited to one scene. Same can be said for Iggy Pop and Rosie Perez. However, all is forgiven because Larry Fessenden has a decent sized role here.
I might even say that if you removed the meta / modern references and filmed this in the '70s (in fact, Carol Kane could have played the Chloe Sevigny role) it would probably be remembered as a cool little regional Nightmare USA / American Horror Project style cult film. It certainly has the atmosphere and relaxed-vibe those movies have.
I do agree with x-human that the juvenile detention kids don't really fit in with the rest of the movie and could have been omitted. Especially since their characters aren't given any sort of closure, they basically just disappear from the movie. But their scenes are brief, spaced-out, and not too intrusive. I might also agree that it doesn't have anything new to say in regards to the social commentary and zombie allegory. That's okay though, you could say that about 90% of zombie movies. All of my complaints here would be pretty minor.
I almost didn't go today because of the bad reviews, but I'm really glad I did. I had a lot of fun and it left a huge smile on my face. Adjust your expectations, this isn't an action-packed zombie gore fest or a laugh-a-minute bawdy comedy. Sit back, relax, and expect something a bit more low-key and laid-back like Smokey And The Bandit. I thought it was super charming.
That is the exact reason why I take reviews with a grain of salt. You never know when one person's worst film is one of your favorites. Overall I enjoyed the film but thought it was about 30 minutes too long. Adam Driver was the highlight of the film. His deadpan satire was spot on. I laughed my ass off at the beginning of the film when the song is playing on the radio and Bill Murray says "that sounds familiar." Driver's reply is a true classic.
Caught a matinee over the weekend. I enjoyed it enough. Ultimately it was forgettable. It was mildly entertaining but not really funny. The violence got old pretty quick, most of the zombie "action" was repetitive. They could have trimmed the characters in half too. The small town vibe was kinda lost when they kept introducing new locals, kinda made me feel the town was a lot bigger than the 700+ population. Also, a couple winks at the camera didn't work to well for me. "You read the whole script?" Meh.
I didn't hate it but didn't love it either. It's pretty much the Napoleon Dynamite of Shaun of the Dead-esk flicks. I'll still take Shaun or Dead & Breakfast over The Dead Don't Die any day of the week.