The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – Film Review

2019_28_filmRelease Date: 12th July 2019

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Cast: Bill Murry, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Caleb Landry Jones

Genre: Horror, Comedy, Fantasy

Rating: 5/10

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

“This is definitely going to end badly” – Ronnie Peterson

I really wanted to like this film, when I saw the trailer I was so excited, it has an absolutely amazing cast with Bill Curry, Adam Driver and many others. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case, I understand what this film was trying to do and what Jim Jarmusch was going for but it unfortunately missed the mark by a long shot for me.

The first half of this film is so slow to the point where it gets slightly boring, nothing much happens n the first half in all honestly some of it could have been cut. However I did find the second half of the film a lot more entertaining. When the dead started to rise was when the film got slightly better for me. When I was watching this film I felt like something was missing, I guess I was hoping this film would go in a different direction but in the end part of me was left confused.

The humour in this film was very dry and 9 times out of 10 it didn’t land, however some little things did make me laugh. I get the fact that this wasn’t really made for my scene of humour but I think even people that like dry humour may find this too much. The actors were honestly great and delivered their lines well but personally I just wasn’t a huge fan of the script, it left me confused in places.

There was some cleaver use of music in this film however, for example when Tilda Swinton is working on bodies in the morgue and a sound is made when the corpses open their eyes, I enjoyed that and thought it was rather clever I just wished it was sued more in this film. I hope you all like the song “Dead Don’t Die” by Sturgill Simpson because its used six times within this film and is the only song featured, so yeah prepare to have it stuck in your head afterwards.

Overall this film could’ve been something great but unfortunately it wasn’t. Not that it was all bad, this film definitely has some funny and good moments to watch, unfortunately you have to sit through a painfully slow first act to get to them. In the end this is a film that I would not recommend, it was just disappointing.


Thank you for reading, if there are any films you would like me to review please leave them in the comments.

-Emily x


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