James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
THE DEAD DON'T DIE (18)
D: Jim Jarmusch
Focus Features/Kill The Head (Carter Logan & Joshua Astrachan)
US 🇺🇸 2019
W: Jim Jarmusch
DP: Frederick Elmes
Ed: Affonso Gonçalves
Bill Murray (Chief Cliff Robertson), Adam Driver (Officer Ronnie Peterson), Tilda Swinton (Zelda Winston), Chloe Sevigny (Mindy Morrison), Steve Buscemi (Farmer Frank Miller), Selena Gomez (Zoe)
A zombie-comedy starring Bill Murray, what could go wrong?
Well, if you're expecting Zombieland, you're likely to be incredibly disappointed. In fact, this is more like a Wes Anderson movie... with zombies.
Set in a small midwestern town, a pair of police officers are thrown in at the deep end as their idyllic existence is thrown into turmoil by a zombie invasion.
The film introduces several other characters during its 103 minute running time, but most are just plot filler as it churns towards a terrible ending where the fourth wall is broken complete out of nowhere for a really lazy, pretentious conclusion.
On one hand, I think it's fine that Jim Jarmusch wanted to do something a little different with the horror subgenre, but there really isn't any excuse for a zombie flick to be so boring and dull.