Sometimes you see a movie and you walk out of theater thinking “what the hell did I just watch?” That was me as I left the cinema after watching the new Jim Jarmusch flick. This movie had my emotions all over the place and gave me a lot to think about in terms of film making.
Oddly enough this is the first movie I have seen in Jim Jarmusch’s illustrious career as a “hipster” director. Maybe if I had seem some of his earlier movies I would have known what I was getting myself into, or maybe this movie is just insane (who knows). All I saw was this was a movie starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Steve Buscemi (I know ridiculous right), and Selena Gomez!
This story is essentially about Polar Fracking that has cause the Earth to shift its axis and rotate differently. This caused different weather patterns, longer days of sunlight, and of course zombies rising from the ground (because why not). The local cops played by Murray, Driver, and Sevigny look to try and solve the problem and save the eclectic folk of Centerville. There is also a lot of fourth wall breaking which makes this even more odd when you are watching it.
This is by far the most original movie this year and one I will be thinking about for many months to come.
Stock Up – Adam Driver is easily one of my favorite actors on the planet right now and this was right in his wheelhouse. I like that he mixes in a movie like this while doing movies like Star Wars as well. It really adds to his credibility as an actor and an overall star. He gets to be the comedic relief in this and brings a levity to every wild situation the movie has to offer. I loved everything about his performance.
Stock Neutral – Bill Murray has had a long and storied career of always being the funniest person in his movies. He gets to change it up this time and play the straight man to Driver’s jokester. I think he does a good enough job, his stock is what it is at this point and that is high.
Stock Up – Chloe Sevigny is not a major star but she pops up and does good work all the time. She was very good in this movie, straddling the line between confident police woman and scared human being. I hope she gets a few bigger roles in the future.
Stock Up – TILDA SWINTON was throwing Nolan Ryan esque heat in this movie. She was easily the MVP and is just so commanding of the camera every time she is on screen. LOVE me some Tilda!
*A couple other tidbits
- Loved Rosie Perez as the news anchor delivering all of the bad news.
- Buscemi and Glover are very overqualified for the scene they had together, but I will not complain one bit.
There are metaphors that probably went over my head, and film making tricks I probably missed, but for the most part I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.
*All of my movie ratings can be found here.