Melancholia: Movie Review
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander
Skarsgaard, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Director: Lars von Trier
Not sure about the wisdom of releasing a film about the end of the world just
This latest from Lars von Trier is a sumptuous piece where to be frank, very
little happens but everything is affected.
Centring on Kirsten Dunst's depressed Justine's wedding day, the film
sees her starting the day in a good mood and sliding into a depression as the
night goes on-despite being wed to True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard.
It then switches to after the wedding where there's
more of a period of gloom around - thanks to the fact a planet called
Melancholia is passing by the earth - and with some fearing it'll hit, you've
got cosmic fears on a very personal level as the level of doom rises on an
From the opening sequences which
are gorgeous eye candy - some of the best ever committed to celluloid - and
which set a mood of uncertainty, Melancholia is a sumptuous experience (which
admittedly some may find hollow).
But it's a
mesmerizing and divisive watch - much like Tree of Life earlier this year was.
Dunst seriously impresses, providing her best work
as the depressed bride who rallies when the end of the world comes - but equally
as good is Charlotte Gainsbourg as her sister who's helpless to save her and
who's futile attempts to try and save their already strained relationship.
As it leads to a downbeat ending which blows you out
of your seat, this is a mind-blowing film.