Bill Murray and Adam Driver Fight Zombies in MAGA-Infested Small-Town America

Massively self-aware and not nearly as audacious as it could have been, The Dead Dont Die, Jim Jarmuschs comic zombie film, proved to be a surprisingly innocuous choice to open the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. Although no one would have expected Jarmusch, an emblematic senior statesman of American independent cinema, to have helmed a traditional horror movie, The Dead Dont Die is stymied by an intermittent desire to eviscerate the conventions of zombie movies and a countervailing urge to pay homage played languidly by Bill Murray, Cliff Robertsonthe rugged star, perhaps not coincidentally, of John Carpenters (Carpenter is being honored this year at Cannes by the Directors Fortnight sidebar) similarly Adam Driver) and Mindy Morrison (the manic melodramatics of The …