October 29, 2011

Melancholia (2011)



"Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide into the Earth."

I've seen quite a few films about the end of the world with my favourites being "Last Night" (1998) and "Before the Fall" (2008) so it was with some consternation that I watched Lars von Trier's "Melancholia", a director whose only work I really like is the "Riget" TV series and "Dogville" (2003).

Since it's not a horror film and, in spite of some pretty decent acting, it's just a drama rather than sci-fi, I'm not actually going to review it but just say exactly what I thought about it. It was boring as shit. The characters were all horrible and the camerawork was annoying beyond belief.

You know this is going to get nominated for at least one Oscar and, unfortunately, since there haven't been any decent films at all this year, it's probably going to win too. I'm not into any of that arty-farty pretentiousness so, for me, it was just a load of meaningless talk with no action. It was worse than the impenetrable drivel which almost bored me to death in "Antichrist" (2009). Charlotte Gainsbourg didn't even have the decency to liven things up by cutting off her fun button with a pair of scissors this time.


In fact, if it hadn't been for Kirsten Dunst as Justine, I wouldn't have watched "Melancholia" at all or all the way to its ridiculous end. For those of you who are interested, yes, she does get nude in it and the magic number is 82 minutes in for the best part. Melon-cholia, indeed.

I have nothing else to say.

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