This movie is definitely not for everyone. Its humor is slow, dry and relies on fans of the genre. But to those who love classic horror films and have a quirky sense of humor, this is your next cult classic. While I laughed readily many times at this film I had a few problems with it. Overall though I will say it was very well done and left me feeling very happy I got to see at least 9ne good movie today!
First the good things about this film, Bill Murray and Adam Driver are a great pair. They do black humor with such a straight face and under stated performance it was beautiful.
There are beautiful scenes that are an homage to classic zombie films and fifties horror films that I grew up watching on late night TV. Scenes of empty American towns and nature going crazy were not just a commentary on modern politics (it was) but also a nod to those classical that came before.
What I had a problem with. So jokes really date the movie. The MAGA hat joke, while cute, dates the movie and is just an easy, low shot.
The narration was not bad but at th end it became soooooo on the nose it assumes the audience is too dumb to get the point. I was actually a bit offended.
Overall I’d say this is a curl up at home movie. While I love to support independent films, this one was so nitch it will only appeal to a select audience. If you love quirky, odd, dry humor than this is the zombie movie for you. Other wise try something else.
The Dead Don’t Die (US release date 6/14/2019)
Director/Writer: Jim Jar Musch
Cast: Bill Murry, Adam Driver. Tom Watts, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Taliyan Whitaker, Jahi Di’Allo Winston