On paper, the premise of Jim Jarmusch, the patron saint of downtown indie chilly, making a walking-boring film may perhaps well raise just a few skeptical eyebrows. On video monitor, though, the director’s deadpan novel zom-com The Slow Don’t Die largely works as a low-stakes, low-key goof that reunites him with just a few of his (and our) approved actors while feinting in opposition to a barely-there commentary on mindless consumerism. It’s a film that lazily whistles past the graveyard because it brings that graveyard abet to ravenous lifestyles.
Granted, the premise that we American citizens are all mindless, conspicuously intriguing zombies isn’t precisely the freshest metaphorical soil — George A. Romero mined it sooner than (and higher and a full lot bloodier) in 1978’s Daybreak of the Slow. But Jarmusch hundreds his genre-tweaking experiment with so many of his A-list buddies that it’s a gasoline exact striking out in their firm.
Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and Chloë Sevigny play police officers within the agricultural burg of Centerville (motto: “A real nice residing”) who obtain overwhelmed when their town’s eccentric inhabitants (Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Carol Kane) starts reanimating, hungry for now now not so powerful for the strange smorgasbord of brains nonetheless reasonably day to day luxuries take care of Wi-Fi, espresso, and chardonnay. The space, such that it is miles, is so shambling and inappropriate that Jarmusch even finds a mode to work in Tilda Swinton as a samurai sword-wielding mortician with a Scottish brogue because…smartly, why the hell now now not?
For a zombie flick, The Slow Don’t Die isn’t very upsetting or gory, it’s extra of a goof — a lark with a trio of heroes less attracted to saving the area than in firing off just a few bone-dry one-liners sooner than the apocalypse comes. B–
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