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The dead don't die
We are so materially linked to the works of Jim Jarmusch that we expect each time that he release a masterpiece, because otherwise it's not good. If we turned into zombies, we would probably go around biting and saying "Jarmussssch". How do his zombies. They rise and walk, repeating the things to which they were bound (read slaves) in life. An elderly homeless who repeats "Chardonay", dead people walking with a mobile phone in their hands, children attacking a candy store, two zombies who run around saying "coffeee". Have we already died in life? Materialism, being obsessed with something to which we give too much importance. This is one of the messages of the last effort of the brilliant independent director, who adds an ecological morality citing the fracking and the climatic changes of the planet (yes Trump, we talk about your politics) without counting that his undead do not sprinkle blood but little clouds of ash. A political film, an ecological film.
Returning to the "duties" that we attribute to the director of Akron, I must say that here he is not in the best shape but his greatest guilt is that he has inadvertently generated a huge hype.
Great expectations due to a theme dear to the audience (the zombies I say) and above all to a great cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Selena Gomez, RZA, Danny Glover and the great Iggy Pop. Expectations partly disregarded, as mentioned, but we are still in a job that is 100% in Jarmusch style.
Slow rhythm, those dialogues lost between silences and embarrassments and that very subtle irony in the service of a surreal and absurd plot, with a rather important message.
Centerville, a town with 738 inhabitants, is the usual sleepy suburb of the province, where the police deal with theft of a chicken, of which the biggest suspect is Bob, a hermit who lives in the woods and is played by the excellent Tom Waits, which also is, a little, the storyteller.
But the world is on the verge of catastrophe. Fracking has created jobs, but it has also changed the earth's axis and the planet's speed of rotation. And probably these changes allow the dead to come out of their graves. The first attack the local bar shouting "coffeee", there are two of them, and they have the almost decomposed faces of Sara Driver and the legendary Iggy Pop, in a hilarious cameo.
To face the invasion we find a series of characters that represent the whole society. The three Centerville policemen, played by an excellent Adam Driver, who repeats that "everything will end badly" and that goes around with the key ring of "Star Wars", from a frightened Chloë Sevigny and always funny (but he too not in top shape) Bill Murray. The racist of the country is certainly not lacking and Steve Buscemi succeeds in creating a good character proud of his creed and his baseball cap with the writing "Make America White Again" (whose reference is useless to underline). And again, the owner of the local hardware store, played by Danny Glover and the nerd on duty that everyone calls Frodo, Bilbo or Harry Potter and whose name is Bobby Wiggins, played by the good Caleb Landry Jones. Cannon fodder mandatory in all zombie movies, here is a parody of horror, and is composed of a group of three guys, including Selena Gomez, who end up in Centerville in a car that “does a lot Romero "(They tell to them)
But the most strange and absurd character, more Jarmusch style, is that interpreted by the excellent Tilda Swinton, who here plays the role of a undertaker who seems to come out a bit from "Kill Bill" and a bit from a sci-fi. A disturbing and mysterious character.

The story, however, at a certain point suffers from a decline in ideas and even leads to a moment of meta-cinema, of which I honestly did not understand the usefulness and anticipates another truly absurd moment. A couple of minutes that in my very humble opinion I would cancel but apart from that, Tom Waits takes everything back and brings us to the only possible ending, a final, perhaps not original, but which closes well the story.
Although I remember better cinematography in Jarmusch's movies, as always the director on a technical level is impeccable. But there was no doubt about this.