‘Final Cut’ Review: A Lifeless French Remake of a Japanese Zombie Masterpiece

‘Final Cut’ Review: A Lifeless French Remake of a Japanese Zombie Masterpiece
In these turbulent years for cinema, when film festivals can often seem like memorial services for the movies themselves, it doesn’t feel entirely accidental that the most prestigious of them all has developed a recent tendency for opening with movies about the deceased or undead. That none of those movies have been particularly full of life is much harder to explain. The trend began when Cannes 2017 kicked off with Arnaud Desplechin’s evocative but exasperating “Ismael’s Ghosts,” and it continued two years later with the world premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s deader-than-deadpan zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die.”

Now, at a moment when cinema seems poised to crawl out of the crypt where it’s been laid to rest in the public imagination — a moment when, for the first time in five years, it could be argued that Netflix might need Cannes more than Cannes needs Netflix — the most
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