Melancholia

Melancholia

Rated R

Running Time: 130 Minutes

Director: Lars Von Trier

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård, Brady Corbet, John Hurt, Charlotte Rampling, Cameron Spurr

Plot: A couple gets married, and at the wedding reception everything is an immensely uncomfortable shit-show (in large part because everyone in attendance is a piece of garbage). Also there’s a newly discovered planet that scientists predict is going to harmlessly pass by the earth in the most impressive astrological event ever witnessed, and other scientists predict is going to crash into the earth obliterating the planet and everything on it. So there’s some shit that the characters have to come to grips with too.

Review: If you’ve ever watched a Lars Von Trier movie, then you probably understand why my first instinct was to write this review using nothing but a series of colors and shapes. The movie was definitely interesting…if I’m being totally honest I don’t think I really ‘got’ it. Maybe if I spent a couple of years in Europe assimilating different cultures it would all make sense to me, but I don’t have that kind of time or money… well, the money anyway.

Every character seems like they’re in the grips of a depression, and they’re trying to cheer each other up by being unspeakably awful to one another (sometimes they are nice, but I think it’s an accident). A couple of characters leave with seemingly no reason, never to be seen again. Kirsten is in a pretty wedding dress most of the time (but it shows too much cleavage to be considered sensible).

This movie is slow, and bleak. The opening sequence looks pretty cool. It was all visually interesting. I think I liked it, but then again, after seeing Melancholia I don’t know what I think about anything anymore.

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