Runtime: 2hrs. 3mins.
Minimalist stylings, meandering through a short time spent with his also minimalist, laconic characters, is the stuff you expect to see in any Jarmusch film. Here, however, he throws a curveball into the Jarmusch formula. With society’s current fascination with zombies, vampires and other fantasy characters, he tried his own hand at the genre. An attempt to make a more adult vampire tale.
Indeed that’s one of the themes Jarmusch is interested in. Vampires not wanting to be in the public eye, tend to pass their art off onto humans. It wouldn’t do if some of the most famous artists, musicians, composers, and writers known to history were still living after so many years. They’d never see any peace whatsoever. Jarmusch seems to suggest that most of the famous artists throughout history were given their great works from vampires attempting to keep out of the public eye. Any artist or great thinker that popped up that wasn't influenced by a vampire earned Adam’s praise and adoration. He simply hasn't the time or patience for the rest of the human populace that Adam and the other vampires refer to as zombies.
We are considered zombies because we've poisoned the world and ourselves to the point where they no longer want to drink our blood, they prefer a specific pure type of blood. But we're also zombies because we all constantly fail to see the beauty of art both past and present. We fail to see the many things of value all around us. Adam has grown very tired of the zombies, and is frustrated that we've failed to advance as far as he'd have liked us to, or perhaps in the way he'd have liked us to in all the years he's seen.
Eve heads to Detroit to visit Adam because she’s been away long enough. What the film is about isn’t really the point, it’s about spending time with these eternal characters. What they have to say about life and time is their purpose in the film. Knowing that these characters have lived a long time already, and will go on living for quite a lot longer tells us that we can only witness a fraction of their time.
Jarmusch's personality is perhaps reflected here. He, like Adam is an artist on the fringe, someone who works with some of the best actors of our day, but he and his art don't usually get attention of the mainstream audience. Adam, no doubt a representation of Jarmusch himself, loves music. He constantly surrounds himself with beautiful instruments from different times. The music he creates is the type of dark, ambient, fuzzed out music Jim Jarmusch himself creates. In fact the music was written by his band SQÜRL.
At it's heart, the film is about them being together, and their eternal love. In the film Adam and Eve discuss Einstein's theory of entanglement: "When you separate an entwined particle, and you move both parts away from the other, even on opposite ends of the universe if you alter or affect one, the other will be identically altered or affected." They are entwined particles.
I’ve always liked Jim Jarmusch's films (Broken Flowers, Coffee and Cigarettes, Dead Man, Stranger Than Paradise to name a few). They tend to age gracefully and sit with me for quite a while. This one will be no different.