Has Jim Jarmusch's "The Dead Don’t Die” conquered Cannes?

The Dead Don't Die dir. Jim Jarmusch 2019

The Dead Don't' die recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and the verdict is in.

Jim Jarmusch has delved into the zombie sub-genre with his latest film, The Dead Don't Die. The film tells the story of an undead outbreak in the tranquil town of Centreville, with cops and citizens taking action to fend off the incoming hordes. Now, this may be a zombie movie, but it's also a Jim Jarmusch movie; it's not exactly going to adopt a conventional approach. 

A while back we received a hilarious trailer, which showed figures rising from the grave to pursue what they loved in life. This opens up so many comedic possibilities, with Iggy Pop portraying a zombie in search of a piping hot cup of coffee. Jarmusch has long been one of the most prominent names in American independent cinema, and as a result, his status has long allowed him to work with the most incredible casts. Here, we have the likes of Adam Driver (Paterson), Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive) and so many more having fun with the material. 

It has just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, which began on May 14 and will run through until May 25. There are so many highly anticipated movies set to screen, most notably Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. However, The Dead Don't Die has been the object of intrigue for some time too. So, is it another hit from the Ohio-born filmmaker?

At the moment, it boasts a respectable 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, but with only fifteen reviews so far. As for its Metascore, it's currently at a less impressive 64. Let's see what the critics are saying about it...

The Telegraph's Robbie Collin praised the film, giving it a lovely four-star review; "This is a winningly eccentric film, as attuned in its own way to the rhythms of ordinary life as Jarmusch and Driver’s (even better) 2016 feature Paterson," says Collin. Similarly, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy dubbed it "...a minor, but most edible, bloody bonbon."

On the contrary, and as you'd expect, not all critics have taken to Jarmusch's take on the beloved genre. Variety's Owen Gleiberman felt that "...it fancies itself a cutting-edge macabre comedy, but the truth is that it’s behind the curve of pop culture."

Reinforcing such attitudes, The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw gave it a solid three-stars but noted that "it does not entirely come to life". On the whole, though, it looks like Jarmusch fans can continue to look forward to this one. 

In other news, let's discuss M. Night Shyamalan's new sci-fi movie.

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