100-Word Review: “Melancholia”

All the other kids with the pumped up kicksAn experience openly shared by director Von Trier and (Cannes Best Actress-winning) star Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia is a tale of doom – from the personal to the cosmic. As Dunst’s depressed Justine takes part in an increasingly deranged wedding, the planet Melancholia approaches Earth on a collision course. Not the subtlest of metaphors, but one that Trier renders in gorgeous, sweeping landscapes while never losing sight of how unintentionally hilarious deep depression can be. That said, it drags inexorably in its second half, buoyed only by the galactic Sword of Damocles hanging over proceedings and Dunst’s revelatory, disturbingly recognisable performance.

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About alfla

Playwright, screenwriter, sometime improv enthusiast and full-time television lover. You know, in THAT way.
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One Response to 100-Word Review: “Melancholia”

  1. Shane says:

    Have it on the hard drive. Looking forward to watching it.

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