What Is This Week’s HBO Saturday Evening Film – November 7, 2020

What Is The Dead Don’t Die About?

Set in the small rural town of Centerville, The Dead Don’t Die follows police officers Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray), Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver), and Mindy Morrison (Chloë Sevigny) as the undead begin rising from their graves. Sounds like a normal zombie movie, right? Well, Jim Jarmusch’s dark comedy is anything but typical, though it does have a lot of the elements that great zombie flicks like Night of the Living Dead and countless others have turned to in the past. There are multiple times throughout the movie where it felt like Jarmusch only had time for one take and took whatever he could get. The characters often repeat themselves, stare aimlessly, and sometimes feel like they didn’t read the script. All of this adds a certain charm that should be appreciated.

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