Movie Review: Melancholia

1 Oct

If you’re in competition at Cannes Film Festival then you get a lot of attention. It’s just a fact. One of the movies that got a lot of attention was this one, Melancholia. This got attention for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it was due to writer/director Lars Von Trier’s controversial comment the the ‘understood’ Hitler. Or it was the fact that this film sound intriguing as it is described as a ‘beautiful film about the end of the world’. I was certainly intrigued.

Kristin Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg star as two sisters, the former gets married in the first part, and they are coming to terms with the end of the world descending upon them. A new planet is being seen, Melancholia (hence the name), and it looks as if it is going to eclipse planet Earth. There’s not really anything else to say, which was one of my main problem’s with this film.

Ugh! It was so boring! At the beginning of the film there’s about 7 minutes in which dramatic music is thundering in the background (which crops up every second scene and really got on my nerves) while slow images are being displayed. For instant, Kristin Dunst standing while things fall around her with a straight face on. A horse falling on the ground with incredible lighting in the background. Charlotte Gainsbourg holding a child in her arms while moving slowly. Brilliant photography is exhibited here but you question halfway through this, why they’re dragging this out. What’s the point? Nothing.

Dunst won the Best Actress a wad at Cannes Film Festival this year. She didn’t deserve it. I don’t have an issue with her but acting i snot something that is needed in this film because there is no plot. There is no point to it. The first part of the movie follows her when she gets married. Nothing happens there. She takes a bath, she’s late all the time, she has an affair with another man, her mother is a psycho. That’s about it. In the second part, she’s moved in with her sister in a big estate, her sister has a breakdown, and the world looks as if it will come to an end. Nothing happens there either. There’s a pattern!

Gainsbourg has worked with Trier before, most recently in Antichrist. She cries a bit, but theres nothing to act here. Kiefer Sutherland, the 24 star, plays Gainsbourg’s wife and he is trying to deny that the planet will be eclipsed.

Sure, it’s visually appealing. Stunning? No. There’s nothing incredible about this movie. It is possibly the worst movie that I’ve seen in a while. I went to quite a small, independent cinema for this film and the whole screen fits 18 people. By the end only six people were there. This is incredibly overrated and there’s one phrase to sum this movie up. Ars gratia artis. Art for art’s sake.

Score: 1.5/5

4 Responses to “Movie Review: Melancholia”

  1. Sonia October 1, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Good film cultured lad. Frank and I were fortunate to attend an advance screening here. Definate contender. Hope you’re well Sonia

    • aculturedlad October 2, 2011 at 9:41 am #

      Everyone seems to be really liking it but I didn’t enjoy it. Yes, it was very beautiful in terms of the photography but there was no point to it. That’s nice that you got to attend an advance screening!
      Thank you and you too!

      • tom phipps (@tomphipps) October 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

        ‘This is incredibly overrated and there’s one phrase to sum this movie up. Ars gratia artis. Art for art’s sake.’ let us not forget, that that phrase accompanies the roaring lion at the beginning of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films. Don’t look down on it 😉

      • aculturedlad October 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

        Haha, it’s a great phrase and MGM is a great distributor. Last year’s I Am Love was a tad art for art’s sake and I loved that (a lot of Tilda Swinton movies can be though, but she’s a great actress). I just have to question some of the artistic merits of the film and why certain things were presented. This might not make sense, but I can recommend seeing this movie purely because it can be a great conversation topic!

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