Melancholia – Lars Von Trier – 2011 – 136 Minutes – Wednesday 28th September 2011 – GFT

This film could be considered a ridiculous one and the idea certainly borders on it. The premiss is that a giant blue planet named Melancholia, roughly twenty times the size of the earth, is hurtling towards the earth. However, the film does showcase some excellent acting, notably from the two female leads Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Visually the film is stunning but Trier can be over indulgent particularly with his well known super high-defination slow motion sequences at the start. The classical score also becomes frustrating and at some points even draws away from the visuals and acting. Trier clearly takes great influence from the Dogma movement, leading to often particularly dull dialogue. There are elements of Festen (Thomas Vittenberg) in the film, as it is also set at a family event is a grand house.

The key issue is the film seems not to be sure of what it is, it is not a disaster movie, it is not a comedy (although there is a great cameo from Udo Kier as a queeny wedding planner) and not really a drama as it feels that little happens.

Overall the film does manage to channel a lot of bleak emotions and you do leave the cinema with a film of despair but you are not sure how Trier has achieved it.

One Response to “Melancholia – Lars Von Trier – 2011 – 136 Minutes – Wednesday 28th September 2011 – GFT”
  1. CMrok93 says:

    Dunst was very good in this role but her character was just a little mopey for my liking. However, von Trier keeps his artistic vision in-tact and although there are moments of boredom, it still all comes together so well in the last 40 minutes. Great review. Check out my review when you get the chance.

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