The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

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The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, who’s pedigree includes music videos from such legendary artists as Talking Heads, Tom Waits and Neil Young, not to mention cult classic films such as Ghost Dog, Broken Flowers and the magnificent Dead Man and featuring a loaded cast that includes Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi and so many others, The Dead Don’t Die is sure to be a great deal of fun.  Right?

Not so much.  I expected this to be much more of a comedy, instead it’s actually kind of slow and sadly, a little boring.  The cast is great, and all do fine jobs at their roles, unfortunately, they’re just not given a great deal to do.  A real shame, because the cast is strong.

Adam Driver is a highlight.  His dry humour and constant breaking of the fourth wall are the most interesting factors within The Dead Don’t Die.

The whole film is very randomly structured.  With such a big cast, it tends to jump around a lot, with none of the individual elements tying together too strongly, and nothing really advancing any real plot.  It’s like Jarmusch simply WANTED to make a zombie movie, but wasn’t quite sure how…

Is it a comedy?  Nope, not enough laughs.  Horror? Nope, no tension or thrills..  it just exists, and honestly, it doesn’t need to.

I expected something akin to Shaun Of the Dead, and I got nothing of the sort.

5/10

Rick Trewin.

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