Melancholia: Collide Into This One

When considering the work of Lars von Trier, it’s best not to have expectations of any sort going in, as the rewards will be both engrossing and plentiful.

Melancholia is one of the more fantastical works of film to come out in the last decade. The eccentric director knew exactly what he wanted as an end result. He has a way of pulling performances from mainstream actors that others can’t. Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgard, and von Trier’s muse Charlotte Gainsbourg all turn in top notch work that will haunt your very movie-loving soul.

Various familiar elements of assorted types are included into the running time of just under 136 minutes. An anguished bride, a tyrannical boss, the bitter divorced mother, a sentimental sister, and an unusually cross Sutherland don’t necessarily play nice together, but the benefit of the incredible tension displayed between the characters is a feast for the audience. The cleverness at which the subject matter is blended together so well with high art, cruel irony, and science fiction is an awesome sight. Movies akin to this one cannot be classified into one particular genre, nor should they be to begin with.

Fans of arthouse movies like this one can also be delighted to have a choice of how they experience Melancholia. It’s in limited release as of this past Friday, and is concurrently available On Demand through most national cable providers.

And that’s my giving a damn.

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2 thoughts on “Melancholia: Collide Into This One

  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.

    • Andrew Flynn says:

      Dan,
      Your comments are much appreciated. We think in unison about von Trier, except I think Dunst was purely devastating in her role. After a hundred years of watching and loving movies, it’s fun to appreciate every movie that he comes out with, even if at times they are aggravating as a motherfucker. Your review (http://dtmmr.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/melancholia-2011) was top notch. Keep writing, and I’ll keep reading…and I’ll expect the reverse from you. {: )

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