The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

Rating: 15

Length: 1Hr 44

Release: 12.7.2019

About: In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable, and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. News reports are scary, and scientists are concerned, but no one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing Centerville: the dead rise from their graves and feast on the living, and the citizens must battle to survive.


The Good

Its batshit crazy and beating to its own drum. It’s that confident awkwardness that brings charm to the gritty independent feel that also came with Only Lover’s Left Alive. With The Dead Don’t Die, it has a more mainstream ease to its plot that will ensure its enjoyed by all.

The casting is incredible and I certainly want to see more films cast Adam Driver and Bill Murray together. Driver has this ability to make the meta notes so seamless to the rest of the dialogue that you can’t help but be a little thrown at times: my advice is to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

It is, from the reading around the film I’ve done, a treasure trove of Easter Eggs for movie fans of the zombie genre. Me, having watched very few zombie films, didn’t not spot any of these. It didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the film and stands in its own right.

The Bad

  • Carol Kane needed more to do. I friggin love that woman and she just needed one or two more lines of dialogue.
  • There’s a storyline involving three kids that doesn’t quite connect with the other threads. It’s a shame because it just needed one thing to bring it all together.

The Ugly

  • I’m not sure what I make of Tilda Swinton’s story arc, if that’s what you can call it. There are certainly bits I liked and even bits I loved about her Scottish newcomer with epic swordsmanship. However her resolution gave me Crystal Skull PTSD, so I’m not sure I’m sold on that I’m afraid.

Final Thoughts

It’s certainly a decent watch and it has an amazing score, but you’ll either find it hilarious or extremely unfunny.

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