Special features: About Melancholia ; the universe ; the visual style ; visual effects ; HDNet: a look at Melancholia ; theatrical trailers.
Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgard, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg.
In this beautifully filmed movie about the end of the world, Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire , and brother-in-law John. A planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth and threatening to collide. Meanwhile, tensions are mounting and relationships are fraying as the family deals with their fears.
DVD ; widescreen (2.35:1) presentation ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Do you have the energy to bring to this film, because the film itself has none? Probably too long by half... it's telling that the special features on the disc include no "deleted scenes" offering... every scene shot, in all its tedious detail, is included in the feature. I'm not sure it's really a film about depression... it's clearly about sleep-walking, which all of the cast does throughout.
I'd advise not starting this film after 7:00 p.m., and make sure you have a pot of strong coffee, or a couple of Red Bulls, to fortify yourself as you watch.
Watch this for the eye candy, and if it's too much for you to take seeing a vivid portrayal of major depressive disorder while also observing the end of the world, just put it on mute and watch, watch, watch. It is beautiful, the colors, the people, the setting (takes place in an old castle-like building in a countryside). The music is somewhat creepy, with the theme repeating itself throughout the movie with a sense of foreboding as the end draws near. It will get under your skin.
submitted by popeilthom on April 26, 2012, 11:55 pm
First of all, this movie is in no way tedious. You won't find any unobtanium, aerosmith ballads or bruce willis space cowboyery. However there is no aspect of this work that is lacking. Camera work, dialogue, directing--all amazing. It has an almost Kubrick tenor that is sorely absent from film making.
submitted by markwells on April 10, 2012, 11:10 pm
I would say the film-maker was going for a work of art rather than a commercially successful movie. Yes at times it was tedious, but engaging enough with its sci-fi backdrop to keep me involved. Overall a memorable work. B+
submitted by GJBarnett2 on March 19, 2012, 3:08 pm
How not to make a movie. Opens with mournful orchestral music (lots of slow violions) incomprehensible slo-mo CGs, almost 9 minutes before the first word of dialog. 2 hours, 15 minutes of jaw-dropping boredom. Long pointless scenes of the wedding reception from Hell (not funny Hell). This is an "Emperor's New Clothes" movie so trying to impress by its obvious artiness that not even a child would dare cry "This is Unwatchable!" I usually give a DVD 30 minutes to catch my attention, which isn't hard to do. This one made it to 28. And against my better judgment. Hope the actors were all well paid. Next time they need money this badly they'd find more honor in street-walking. Save 2 hours lost from your life and READ something, even a cereal box, instead!