Written November 16, 2011
The only thing I did not like about this move is that there are only 2 movie theatres in NYC playing this movie. I choose to go to the Angelica. As much as I love sitting in the 1st row looking strait up, straining my neck... No thank you. I would have enjoyed Melancholia much more sitting at home than watch any movie at this theatre anymore!!!
Written December 23, 2011
This could have been a beautiful film. But the the camera was all over the place. Terrible and not worth getting physically sick over seeing. Got my money back after 45 mins! JUNK!
Written December 15, 2011
He is super at fueling suspense by giving the audience the ending in the first 2 minutes. We then march to the doom of coliding worlds at a pace that is forced onto us. Like an orbit we can't stop and knowing the ending. Clever.
It was an irritating march though. They used a hand camera to film the whole movie. Constant camera shake that is obviously intentional and so annoying. They also struggled with the focus to really make this film a challenge to enjoy and take in. This tactic was way overused. It should have been used sparingly to help with Kirsten's moods. And we are forced to sit through a bizarre wedding with the worst people.
It isn't worth the admission price. Rent it if you dare.
Written November 25, 2011
I am still trying to comprehend just what exactly was the purpose of this film. The best I can come up with is how people react differently to a civilization-ending situation. That being said, I am also still trying to comprsend on what basis the film has such a dark view of the future. Many of today's concerns have been confronted and dealt with in the past. Should not we take a more objective and optomistic view of our ability to deal with these concerns?
Written December 09, 2011
This has got to be one of Von Trier's tamest, and frankly lamest, films in his oevure. It's hard enough to keep the mounting end-of-the-world tension high AFTER the film already wows you with the opening montage. It plateaus after that all the way through. Beautiful setting, shots, compositions, CGI, and cast -- but I believed the oncoming planet more than the sibling/family dysfunction. I don't need everything explained but I Ms. Dunst's JUSTINE didn't really communicate she already had premonitions before she revealed she had to speak them. That and the pacing made this thing a good 30-45 minutes too long.