IJW: Melancholia Review

4 years ago

Before I say anything about this particular film, I have to say that I`m a huge fan of Lars von Trier and I think a lot of his other movies are fantastic. Melancholia, released 2011, just didn`t do it for me. It stars Kristen Dunst, who was actually very good in this movie. But none the less, watching this movie was pretty much like watching grass die-boring, long, and quite pointless. It seems as if this is one of those movies where you either love or hate it. Reasons I didn`t enjoy it included the fact it was really long(over 2 hours) for the slow moving pace of the film. The characters were very surface level with no character development throughout out the plot. Even the cinematography bothered me as it seemed quite choppy along with shakiness that just didn`t do the scenes justice. Even though I was tortured by boredom, I do have to say there are a couple of note worthy scenes, especially the very beginning and the very end which had top notch effects. The film didn`t work for me even though I had very high expectations for it as I thought this would be the perfect clash of Hollywood and indie cinema.

The only theme I can take away from this film is the characters coming to terms with their own mortality. It shows two sides of the human condition in an apocalyptic situation, you can either accept your own ending fate and live with it, or you can live in state of despair as you struggle to overcome the inevitable.

The Story line: ( Taken from IMDB)
<em> On the night of her wedding, Justine is struggling to be happy even though it should be the happiest day of her life. It was an extravagant wedding paid for by her sister and brother-in-law who are trying to keep the bride and all the guests in-line. Meanwhile, Melancholia, a blue planet, is hurtling towards the Earth. Claire, Justine`s sister, is struggling to maintain composure with fear of the impending disaster. </em>

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1527186/
Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/melancholia-2008/

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