Enjoy it while it lasts
Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and brother-in-law John (Kiefer Sutherland). Despite Claire's best efforts, the wedding is a fiasco, with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth…
Part of The December Project: Film #15
I put off watching Melancholia for a long time, just because I hated Lars Von Trier's previous film Antichrist so much, a film I found to be completely pretentious and downright disgusting on just about every level. Melancholia is a slight improvement from that film, but it is still completely pretentious (a word I don't like using), and even worse, boring.
Which is a shame, because not only is the opening and ending of this film quite fantastic, but even the central concept has itself set up pretty well for a powerful film that should theoretically rock you to your core. The film is sprinkled with little great moments and ideas that feel…
The feel bad movie of the year! I think Von Trier's next movie should be about puppies.
Directed by - Lars von Trier
Written by - Lars von Trier
Starring - Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Jesper Christensen and Stellan Skarsgård
About a year ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder or, as I still like to call it, manic depression. The initial diagnosis hit me like a freight train, though I can’t say I was particularly surprised. After being furnished with the appropriate medication and sent merrily on my way it dawned on me that I’d always known something was wrong. I’d always been a bit of a curmudgeon and I’d always struggled with the notion of happiness, often viewing it as a rather forced emotion. I don’t hate…
I hope they raked that bunker back over afterwards.
I think I'm right in remembering in amongst all the publicity that was knocking around for Melancholia when it was released that Lars von Trier apologised for making too polished a film or something like that? No apology necessary, Lars. It's a turd. And we all know what you can't do with one of those.
Admittedly, my experiences of von Trier are minimal - a viewing of The Idiots, which was pretty good, is all I can count on that front. To be honest, his body of work has never really particularly intrigued me enough to want to investigate it in any great detail although his Dogme 95 idea formed a…
Went to see this with a girl. She thought it was shithouse, and I liked it. She accused me of only liking it because of the boobs. Not entirely correct, but not entirely incorrect. Entirely awkward though.
I liked how the film flips your expectations about various characters' motivations around a lot. Some might say it's a slow moving film, but I think it's a good pace. Keeps a nice feeling of mounting dread going.
See it if you like scary giant planets. Avoid if you only watch von Trier movies for the genital mutilations.
With the ending of this film, maybe THIS film should have been called "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" instead.
This was a 'must see in the theater' film due to the impact (pun intended this time) of the score accompanied with the visuals, which nearly made me run out of the theater with a panic attack, feeling like I was about to die.
I figured at home the sense of dread would be lost somewhat, as the sensory experience is now controlled/dulled, however if anything I think the film now moves at a faster pace, and I can safely say this is now probably my favorite Von Trier film. I couldn't recommend it enough, especially if you can still manage to see it on a big screen cranked to 11.
Incredible, sad, powerful, perfect ending.
Performances : 7.5/10
Story : 7/10
Production : 8.5/10
Overall : 7.67/10
Pros : A lot of people criticize this as being long and boring but I found it anything but that. From start to finish it was engaging and completely interesting. There are no twists and there are no turns. Only a solid, character driven story with a totally baffling sci-fi twist.
Cons : Honestly, the run time is a little too long. Again though, the story works so well that it just doesn't feel like it.
Also : I waited a while to watch a Lars Von Trier film. I just assumed I wouldn't like his work, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a slow burner, but it's a great film all the way through.
Too ambitious for it's own good. Lars, you could have easily made a movie about depression/melancholy without having a planet involved. I appreciate the concept, but I don't feel like the execution was up to par.
L'hiptonisme visual de Lars von Trier al servei d'un drama apocalíptic. Em quedo amb els primers minuts aixi com amb el desenllaç apocalíptic, visualment brillant. No em quedo amb els minuts excessius de la part del casament de Justine. Ah! Inmensa Kirsten Dunst.
The Earth is a fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck
PART I: ANDREW FEELING AWFUL
In the past I feel I've started in on purported misanthropic filmmakers to find that, in actuality, their ideologies are humanist in some twisted way. That did not happen with my first von Trier. It would seem he really does believe that humanity is cruel, the universe is cold and unfeeling, and our existence is a statistical anomaly that will shortly be corrected. It's a fascinating POV and one that makes me want to see more of his films. It's also crushing. Melancholia pretty much debases you for 2 hours. And that loses its brazen "charm" when parts don't work: the ideas aren't explored as deeply as I'd like,…
This movie is rough as hell.
I hope you like feeling like shit