- This non-event should be buried alive 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM by FrenchEddieFelson
All the ingredients to produce a masterpiece are present: 1) A director I love, Jim Jarmusch, due to the excellent Paterson (2016) and Broken Flowers (2005). 2) A to-die-for cast, with Bill Murray in particular. 3) A sens of humor that regularly flirts with the absurd, including wacky and irreverent dialogues like ? a black coffee please, but not too black ? for instance. 4) The mesmerizing voice of Tom Waits. 5) A slight criticism of our society, especially the progressive global warming because of a strong procrastination with regard to the respect of our environment, and, albeit to a lesser extent, consumerism. 6) Zombies! I may confess that I have a crush on zombies. 7) ...
So, all the ingredients are lumped together but, it's quite strange and even weird, the recipe is rather unsuccessful: the atmosphere is sometimes cutesy or even insipid, the characters are usually devoid of enthusiasm and quite often apathetic, and the final scene rhymes with bitterness and bewilderment.
Although the film is not completely lousy thanks to a few successful scenes, I was globally bored and disappointed. In my humble opinion, this movie is a non-event and, as an echo with itself, should be buried alive, from now on until the end of the world. And even longer!
- Deadly dull 5/16/2019 12:00:00 AM by i_ashworth
Before the premiere began the cinema audience was treated to the live red carpet arrival of the stars on opening night of the Cannes film festival. I thought both the stars interviewed (Driver, Murray) and the director came across as diffident and defensive, and I can see why after sitting through their dull, uninspired movie." This is going to end badly" was the oft repeated (and continually unfunny) leitmotif. If this is art, give me American Werewolf in London with my popcorn any day.
- Worst movie ever saw in theaters! Complete waste of my money! 6/17/2019 12:00:00 AM by michaelfoltzer
This was by far the slowest and worst movie i have ever paid for in my life in the theaters. Almost walked out so many times like the rest of the crowd did, but because so many good actors are in it I kept giving chance after chance for the movie to pick up and get better. Took almost an hour for anything to happen in the movie. Everyone talks and moves slower then a turtle and it takes forever for literally anything to happen and when anything does happen it not exciting and still the slowest most boring zombie move ever created! Very upset Bill Murray would even put himself in such an crappy movie. Don't waste your time or money. Wish i could get that 2 hours of my life back and the $30.00.
- Boring version of "Shaun of the dead" 5/16/2019 12:00:00 AM by asauve
Adam driver really strives by his excellent acting. Bill Murray seem to enjoy the movie but often seems to be elsewere...
Otherwise the plot is awful. Most of the setup-payoff makes little or no sense. The ermite, despite a high screentime is underemployed. Many repetitions are expected to be funny but fail to do so and left me in an akward feeling of wanting to leave the theatre. The too-obvious meta point of view does not bring anything to the movie. The final twist sounds like a prank to the public. The pseudo moralistic explanation of the society is awkward bloated and not impacting. All in one very disappointing.
Two stars for a nice screenplay and the terrific apparition of Adam driver in the red smart which made me laugh one time in the movie.
- Solid Quirky Movie (with zombies) 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM by jasondempsey-89345
If you like Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus or Wristcutters, you will probably enjoy this film quite a lot. Yes, the trailers are misleading: that is intentional.
If you want a scary zombie movie, this movie isn't for you. This is more like Anne and the Apocalypse meets Wristcutters. It is clearly a movie that all of the actors did because the idea sounded like FUN, and that spirit shows through in their performances.
To those who thought it didn't have a plot, it is subtle, but it is most clearly there. You may need to watch it a second time to catch all of the jokes and references. The offhand comments all are salient, even if they're really odd at first blush.