The Dead Don’t Die

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

Bill Murray • Adam Driver • Tom Waits

Ugh. I’m so annoyed by the meta elements of this stupid movie that I can’t bring myself to do a very long review. There are elements to like for sure but there’s not enough good to stop this being a huge disappointment. I hate how up it’s own arse it is and how knowing.

The cast is wonderful and in small segments, they do fair work. Tilda is dreamy as the town’s weird new undertaker with a penchant for samurai swords, which is nothing if not convenient. I was also excited to see Chloë Sevigny but her character is given little to do but cry, puke and become hysterical. Yawn.

The movie’s slow deadpan comedy style is all well and good in general but for the most part it doesn’t work here. It just has no oomph and falls flat for me. I do enjoy how well the film conjures up a George A. Romero flavour though and the small town setting is reminiscent of classic Stephen King.

My favourite character besides Swinton’s Zelda Winston (see what they’ve done there?) is Caleb Landry Jones‘ Bobby Wiggins, who runs the local gas/comic book store. His film referencing gives me life but alas, he doesn’t stick around for long. Neither do the three out of town hipsters who pass through Centerville and find themselves in the middle of all the drama.

Their story arc – and that of the three juvenile detention kids who are forced to escape their prison – lead absolutely nowhere. Tom Waits’ Hermit Bob seems to be central to the whole tale but that doesn’t pan out either. The whole film is a mess really, and even the anticipated (by me) chemistry between Murray and Adam Driver didn’t quite get there.

One things for sure, Officer Ronnie Peterson’s (Driver) ominous mantra of: “This is going to end badly” was bang on the money.

Film details:

The Dead Don’t Die
Year: 2019
Director: Jim Jarmusch
IMDB Rating: 6/10
My Rating: 2.5/5

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