Twenty-one years later, Jim Jarmusch's love letter to the seedier side of Memphis feels like a nostalgic postcard from the golden age of independent cinema.…
Movie on DVD Review

Mystery Train

Mystery Train | Mystery Train Up all night
Image credit: Everett Collection
Mystery Train Up all night

Twenty-one years later, Jim Jarmusch's love letter to the seedier side of Memphis feels like a nostalgic postcard from the golden age of independent cinema. The three-part structure of Mystery Train is still a bit shambling and slight, but there's an undeniable air of deadpan cool that permeates the film and gives it a haunting sense of place. There's also the soundtrack — a bunch of Sun and Stax gems — and the ghost of Elvis, which appears now and then on screen just for the hell of it. Criterion has done its usual stand-up job, loading the disc with great EXTRAS, including a doc on the movie's gloriously run-down locations and a funny Q&A with Jarmusch where he answers arcane questions sent in by fans. Turns out he prefers Carl Perkins over Elvis. B+

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Originally posted Jun 09, 2010