Watched Apr 25, 2012
I freakin' love this film. The title is very befitting of the film in a couple different aspects. For one, I am a huge lover of astronomy and von Trier has some amazing cosmological images. I love his color palette in this film. The blues are vibrant and the yellows have a nice, if I might say, melancholia-like tint. There are even a couple scenes where he mixes the two colors which make them pop even more. It starts off a little slow but compared to some other films I think the slow in this one is a good pace. After the colors, the story and the scientific phenomenon are what really captured my attention and stuck with me the most. I'm not sure how other people go into viewing films, but I like to go into a film without really knowing much about it if possible. That means really not even having read a short synopsis. This was the case for this film. I had no idea what the main plot of the film was until the middle of the film, but rather gathered an underlying theme of what else but melancholia during the setup. Another love of mine in this film was the soundtrack. Of course those of you who have ever seen a Lars von Trier film before know that he loves to put in some Wagner. It works so well in the scenes that he uses it, again portraying the melancholic atmosphere throughout. For those of you who have seen von Trier's Antichrist, I promise there are no scenes in Melancholia that will make you twitch or look away. On the contrary, I couldn't take my eyes away for one second. This is currently streaming on Netflix Instant if you want to check it out.
This film has definitely stuck with me and I can't seem to get it out of my head. I find myself wanting to watch it yet again as if it has placed me in its trance.