Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a reclusive musician, living in a run down mansion on the outskirts of Detroit. Halfway around the world lives his wife, Eve (Tilda Swinton), who decides to leave her good friend Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt) and return to Adam after he reveals his depression to her. Adam and Eve happen to be vampires, and the centuries that Adam has spent among humans, has caused this intense depression. While Eve spends time with Adam, her sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska), arrives to throw their calm lives into chaos.
Very rarely is there ever an actual entertaining film featuring vampires, but Only Lovers Left Alive adds something we don’t see too often in this genre: fun. Tom Hiddleston still comes off as the brooding emo vampire audiences have grown used to, but plays his depression as a result of boredom. Being alive for centuries would probably do that to anybody, and Hiddleston is incredibly convincing in the role.
Tilda Swinton as Eve is both the visual and emotional opposite of Adam. She’s much more comfortable in the world, but understands how Adam feels. The chemistry between the actors is amazing, and it really feels as if they’ve spent lifetimes together. What sets this film apart from others in the genre, is the humour. Comments about various historical figures is hilarious, and the way they interact with each other adds to the humour.