'The Dead Don't Die' Goes Against Horror Movie Rules And Viewers Were Mad
And I personally enjoyed reading all the angry reviews
I've never felt more conflicted from a movie like this before. It's sorta hard to know where to begin. Jim Jarmusch here is the director, and he brought together an A list cast to all star in sort of this lackluster zombie film that seems to go against all common movie trends and cliches. We follow plenty of different characters in this quiet town, going about their day, whether it's RZA making deliveries, Steve Buscemi being racist, or Selena Gomez and two other thrill seekers trying to discover what the buzz is all about.
The film had a whole bunch of different pieces that you were excited for them to come together. I was disappointed to see Selena and her crew outright slain in their motel room when I was sure they were set up for a larger role in the film, until it began happening with all the other characters. We even followed these three kids in... I'm not even sure where... all throughout the movie until they escaped this prison like establishment just to run off screen an never be seen again. In fact, the only role that really came full circle was Hermit Bob who was pretty much just walking around the woods until he witnessed and narrated the scene at the end of the movie.
You basically see all these characters acting way to calm in the midst of a catastrophic event for them to meet their demise in the most unheroic, uneventful way possible. It's almost as if Jarmusch was portraying what would actually happen if this event would happen today, or this movie really just didn't mean anything at all.
I would really want to fend for this movie to mean something because it was really self-aware, especially with Adam Driver constantly breaking the fourth wall. His character mentions things like how he read the entire script so he knows what going to happen as Murray's character 'only read his scenes'. In the beginning of the movie as 'The Dead Dont Die' by real life artist Sturgill Simpson played, he blatantly remarked that it was the theme song of the movie, straight face and all. On top of that, Mr. Kylo Ren even had his own Star Wars key chain.
I really wanted to save this movie for The Bloody Pulp podcast but I couldn't wait, nor would I of wanted to of watched this again. Do I suggest this for a first one time watch? Of course, I do. This movie was hilarious. It takes itself a little too seriously in the clever aisle than it should I mean one of the character's jumped out the back of a police car into a horde of zombies when the backs of police cars can't open from the inside. You're sadistic horror-goers expected much different because the all star cast and wanted your usual zombie carnage and I did too, but I took what I got and it was really weird and fun.