Jarmusch will give you a thorough manual to kill the zombies but, how to kill time, that’s under process.
Jarmusch is playing tricks on us. The deliberate failures are relevant. And the “what just happened” reaction, leaving from the screen, mandatory. The writer and director, Jim Jarmusch, often plays on the genre of his forte; drama. But every once in a while, he comes back with an avant-garde environment that he makes for himself, it is his and his only, he loves it. Two decades ago, he came up with Ghost Dog, an action film inspired from the comic book, that drives drama, primarily, is a genuinely good film. Ergo, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. In this case, it does, but the jokes land, just half of the time. Surprisingly, the film is eerily meta.
In the sense, that just like Deadpool, the characters are aware of the fact, that they are in a film. Now, as much as fascinating it sounds while pitching it on a meeting, to pull it off, requires a whole new element. Something eccentric as Ryan Reynolds and his cutthroat humor. But unfortunately, by pointing out the soundtrack as a theme song or Selena Gomez sparkling up, with literal animation work or mocking Jim himself, the film derails and let’s be frank doesn’t serve the purpose.
Exception being, Tilda Swinton’s shout out to Star Wars in front of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), that I will admit was fun. Not only the humor, but the storytelling too, seems incredibly effortful. In fact, you, yourself start straining yourself, let alone the makers. And the laughs that are coming, comes with quite a price. The film is structured to pick a pace after the introductions of the characters and the release of the zombies. But this is something that is done in the last half of the film.
So the fans of the quirkiness and pace of Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland, don’t go hunting around in the woods- disappointment cannot be blown off by a headshot. I can practically see Jarmusch giggling while writing the script. The issue in here, is that what was assumed hilarious, is just simply a mundane-bar-talk funny. He was clearly in that easy mellow state- high is the accurate word- while coming up with this idea, just as Driver is, in the film. He is stretching his muscles, as a comedian, and the pay off is highlighted, his comic timing is among the best.
Yet, I find myself drawn towards almost-a-guest-appearance of Swinton who is captivatingly cool and simply the most comfortable one in the film, and that’s saying a lot when your co-stars are Bill Murray and Iggy Pop. Speaking of Murray, he has got the tempo at the right level and frustration ready to blow off in any second; genius. Jim Jarmusch has probably made his first political film, certainly to this extent, at least. The metaphors are cleared up expressively in the last act, making sense of how much effort was invested on keeping it subtle. The Dead Don’t Die, that song, man. It is more three dimensional than any character in here.