Casual thoughts not formal reviews. I make video essays you can find on my YouTube channel.
Don't take my ratings very seriously.
This is way better than I remembered. Such a beautifully weird twist on the vampire tropes that's both delightfully fun and incredibly committed and well realized. I couldn't think of any two actors better suited for these roles than Hiddleston and Swinton- they're both fully believable as timeless beings.
This is a lot more about humanity than I had remembered. The plight of a vampire who lives for thousands of years, is really just the plight of a human with a long enough view of history and the future.
There are some interesting ideas here, the story is at least a little conceptually compelling, but a couple of quick things:
1. As others have mentioned this is Paul Schrader, Schradering it up again. I get having a style and approach to structure and storytelling that you like, but he's basically just created a character trope at this point that he slots into different scenarios.
2. This movie just, I don't know how to say it except that it lacks…
Have you ever seen one of those illustrations from a medieval book or tapestry where it's like a donkey that's also a human but it's head is twisting around in an odd way and it's green for some reason and the vibe is somehow both weirdly goofy but also deeply sinister?
I don't know how to say it other than this movie has that vibe somehow transposed to contemporary film form.
Lowery works with these very broad, almost cartoonish strokes…