Tom Hiddleston Trades Asgard for 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Vampire Movie

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Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 12:11 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Tom Hiddleston is trying on a new world outside Asgard from "Thor" and "The Avengers" to play a vampire in the upcoming movie "Only Lovers Left Alive," opposite on-screen wife and fellow bloodsucker Tilda Swinton.

"Only Lovers Left Alive," which opens in the United States on April 11, finds Hiddleston and Swinton as longtime married vampires.

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Reviewers got their first look at the film during the Cannes Film Festival last year.

"Fans of sharp teeth may be a little disappointed that (director Jim) Jarmusch's bloodsuckers don’t do much neckbiting in this film," reviewer Siobhan Synnot wrote for The Scotsman. "However, unlike the vegetarian vampires of 'Twilight,' this isn't because of any great sense of compassion for humans, but because humans are so polluted nowadays that it is safer to bribe a doctor to slip you sachets from a blood bank, or tap Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt) for his supply of The Good Stuff."

Adam, Hiddleston's character, who is a recluse rocker in Detroit, is far quieter than his superhero-movie roles, but The Hollywood Reporter's Tom McCarthy said the British actor adapts to the role well.

"Hiddleston, with the longhaired look of a rock star, is required to be far more withdrawn but is a credible bohemian for the ages," McCarthy writes. "(Mia) Wasikowska supplies antic, intentionally grating abandon as the dangerous sister, (Anton) Yelchin is sweet as Adam's flunky and Hurt presents his 16th century playwright as a crusty old wise man. Physically and musically, the film is lovely."

Variety's Leslie Felperin said that Jarmusch tried to lead Hiddleston and his cast mates into a more tragic ending, which was the movie's biggest mistake.

"'Only Lovers Left Alive' works best ... when it's essentially a light comedy of social mores set among a bunch of bohemians whose drug of choice just happens to be human blood, rather than cocaine or heroin," Felperin wrote. "The attempt to introduce a more tragic dimension in the final act falls flat, however; by this point, the film has run out of juice, not unlike its wan, exhausted protagonists."

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