Intriguing promise but terrible movie I had high hopes for this movie -- it deals with themes of death, the meaning of life, family relations, and astronomy along with beautiful cinematography. However, it turned out to be one of the worst movies I've ever seen. The first half of the movie deals with a disastrous wedding -- imagine a comedy about the things that can go wrong with a wedding but without comedy. It is just very unpleasant to watch but without any emotional payoff. The second half seems to be an attempt at a metaphor regarding mental illness. Slowness does not necessarily equal introspection, superficial beauty does not lead sustained interest. I almost never take the time to write movie reviews but in this case the movie was so bad that I hope to save someone else 135 minutes of their time.
Brilliant. Stunning. Magnificent. This took my breath away. Some scenes are so beautifully shot that you would think you were looking at a painting, while the best shots in the movie are pure cinematic poetry. References to Tarkovsky are not unfounded, from featuring Bruegel's "The Hunters in The Snow" to its sheer cinematic beauty. Charlotte Gainsbourg is at the top of her already peak game in this, and Von Trier, who is known for putting his female leads to the test, has found the perfect balance between the schadenfreude we've come to expect from him and getting emotional and rigorous performances from his actors. I don't usually write reviews but there was one that was so plain unsettling that referenced "the Family Guy Wierd Face Hot Body competition" that made me laugh like I do at my drunk uncle, and I felt a call to action. You will not be disappointed, unless you are looking forward to Family Guy or my drunk uncle.
Not my kind of movie. While I will agree this movie is shot beautifully, I will not be watching it ever again. All but the last 5-10 minutes are very boring, just leading up to the inevitable end. the opening 'sequence' made me think the entire movie was going to be in slow-motion. Thank god that wasn't the case, but then, maybe I could find a way to appreciate it more if it had been. Oh and unnecessary nudity can not be appreciated by me, unless you're talking about statues and paintings. Not some movie... Don't get me wrong, I love art. But I guess this form of art is lost on me.
Good not great. This was a good enough movie to continue watching to the end but only with a couple of pauses in between. The wedding and dysfunctional family scenes were certainly drawn out to the point where I had to pause the film, step away and take a break. There were to many scenes which disrupted the flow. Also, I realize this is not a Nova documentary but a rouge planet passing close to Earth would cause devastating gravitational and tidal forces long before it crashed into us.
A long, boring slog through nothing new I assumed that I would enjoy this film. I have certainly enjoyed dark artistic films int he past. While Melancholia seems press all the right buttons, this artsy drama ends up going nowhere. Your mileage may vary, but for me there was nothing about the visuals that were particularly new or striking. I'd also been hoping that there would be more to it story-wise. As it is the movie drags it's interesting premise out farther than it can stretch without ever giving you true food for thought. Just because a movie isn't forgettable Hollywood trash doesn't make it good.
A Rare Look Into Mental Illness If slow, thoughtful films are not your cup of tea then skip this one because it will pull on your heartstrings and truly make you feel the anguish of the actors as they fulfill their roles. Depression and anxiety are personified in each of the two sisters who not only must navigate rocky relationships but must also face the possible catastrophic destruction of the entire world via planetary collision. A beautiful disaster on so many levels.
Amazing! Plotless and no character development... because why? The characters are DYING! There is no "plot" to death, just aimless wondering until the inevitable. Do you think in the end people really are going to have momentous epiphanies of life? No! They're going to continue to be selfish depressing maniacs...this film brings those thoughts and emotions to the forefront, it makes you FEEL and THINK. If you want something more mainstream, go watch Steve Carell.
One bad movie I love photo and cinema art but this was an unwatchable movie with few good artistic scenes. Out side of the few well shot scenes; it was like watching a 2 hour long JC Penny ad. Very slow moving, poor/no plot development and completely forgettable characters wearing what looked like JC Pennny's spring collection. It was like the director was playing a joke to see how bad of a movie he could make and still have people say it was amazing because of the photography.
Hmmm... By far one of the most bizarre movies I've ever seen. I'm convinced the man who came up with the whole concept is insane however I very much enjoyed it, had me thinking the whole way through. You have to get by the first 10 min without falling asleep, and the planet they speak of doesn't play a part until the end which had me guessing if the movie was actually about its description or not, but by the end it all fell together sota speak. My opinion, worth the money.
Garbage!!! Don't bother. You'll never get back the 2 hours of your life you waste watching the garbage film. NO PLOT, Slow Moving, Does not flow, Doesn't make sense at all more than half the time. Wish I could get back those 2 hours I wasted on this film and do something constructive!!!
Watched in the theater and walked out This movie was completely lacking of a plot or point. The hand held camera work was nauseating. The acting was poor and without character development. The scenes are better suited to be on separate monitors in an art gallery rather than a continuous dizzying stream. I was hoping for a dramatic movie with some science-fiction added to it, but ended up with neither.
WHAT A SOMBER MIND TRIP!!! OK, this is definitely the best Lars von Trier film I'm aware of. (He does so torture his female leads though!) Anyway, if you want a happy fluffy pretty film, don't choose one titled "Melancholia" first of all. The title is in no way misleading, it is entirely appropriate. Melancholia is an affected and introspective work of art. It is engaging and aloof, beautiful and tragic.
Don't pay money for this. Anybody that says this movie is good is a pretentious idiot. That's all I can really say. This movie has no discernible plot whatsoever. It's basically a high school art project. Pay money for this at your own risk
Maybe 2.5 ★s Not the kind of person to get a “Bitchy” when dislike a film, as so many do! No, not care for it did I, but Melancholia has good acting, story is well writ & director did fair. Feel there is audience that will like the emotion playing. Just glad I rent before buying if not seen on big screen. Go take your chance. Rent, buy, enjoy, or not. You choose. Mic Pete * Cl;-)~ * Ririe, Idho USA
Amazing It is not a movie for the main stream. If you are into fast pace; a plot that requires no thinking on the part of the viewer; and predictablability, then it is not for you. The movie is not meant to be uplifting - rather it is an existentialist take on the meaning of angst in lives that are filled with melancholy.
Good but depressing. Hence the name of the movie The movie does make you feel what it intends for you to feel. There is no winner. The movie is like a Shakespeare tragedy. You know that they die at the start of the movie. There is no hope. It is just how the characters handle it all in the end as they face their deaths.
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Loved this movie It seems like people either love or hate all of Lars von Trier's movies. I tend to enjoy them. This movie's a bit slow at a few spots, but over all it's beautifully shot. It's worth watching if for nothing other than the opening sequence and the ending.
SUPERB (10 Stars!) I consider myself an avid film viewer. I'm very drawn to the arts. I was absolutely enthralled with this film. Kirsten Dunst should be nominated (and win) for best actress in a drama for the upcoming Academy Awards. According to Dunst, this is a "poetic" film. I agree. While some may find this film not to their liking, others shall appreciate the unique filming & silent moments (which allow the viewer to engage their creative inferences). One of the best films and acting I have had the privilege of seeing.
Extraordinary. As an art lover I must compliment everyone that created this film. The opening is a beautiful surreal scene, until it is overwhelmed by an even more surreal reality at the end of the movie. Acting was first class, but it was the art direction that really shone. I must buy this film.
As the name suggests, a mellow cool sci fi movie And seeing the gorgeous Kirsten Dunst naked adds to the fun, this is a sci fi drama about a strange planet near earth seen from two very different sisters point of view. Very cool and mellow.
One of the most debated films of our time, this beautiful, hypnotic and disturbing Lars von Trier film brought Charlotte Gainsbourg the Best Actress prize at Cannes, then electrified and scandalized audiences worldwide. Says von Trier: "I invite you for a tiny glimpse behind the curtain, a glimpse into the dark world of my imagination: into the nature of my fears, into the nature of ANTICHRIST...I suffered from depression. I couldn't work. Six months later, just as an exercise, I wrote a script, a kind of therapy. I did not follow my usual modus operandi. Scenes were added for no reason. Images were composed free of logic or dramatic thinking. They often came from dreams I was having, or dreams I'd had earlier. In any case, I can offer no excuse for ANTICHRIST."
Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Emily Watson stuns as Bess, a simple, pious newlywed in a tiny Scottish village who gives herself up to a shocking form of martyrdom after her husband (Stellan Skarsgård) is paralyzed in an oil rig accident. Breaking the Waves, both brazen and tender, profane and pure, is an examination of the expansiveness of faith and of its limits.
When a beautiful young Grace (Nicole Kidman) arrives in the isolated township of Dogville, the small community agrees to hide her from a gang of ruthless gangsters, and, in return, Grave agrees to do odd jobs for the townspeople. But as the search for her intensifies, they demand a much better deal. What they don't know is that Grace has a dangerous secret, and their quiet little town will never be the same.
The Hunt is a disturbing depiction of how a lie is taken as truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man's life. Lucas is just starting to get his life back together after losing his job and facing a difficult divorce, when his life is shattered by an untruthful remark, throwing his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely battle for his life and dignity.
Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness. With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.
Robert, an amateur scientist, spends hours in in his basement full of wires and oscillators experimenting with sound waves. After he engineers a frequency that allows him to hypnotize other people, he lures his attractive new neighbors into his house to act as test subjects for his discovery. Under Robert’s control, the oblivious couple are manipulated into increasingly deviant role-playing games that fuel Robert’s megalomania and allow him to indulge in his most twisted fantasies. But when investigations into the suspicious death of his wife threaten to bring an end to his demented operation, Robert must use his scientific breakthrough on a much larger scale in order to continue his warped research. A sci-fi thriller soaked in the blackest of deadpan humor and full of twists and turns, LFO will touch your funnybone in all the most inappropriate places.
A ROYAL AFFAIR is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander), A ROYAL AFFAIR is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in the pursuit of freedom for their people... and of the passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation.
This deeply emotional and extraordinarily profound film became a must-see sensation at the Sundance Film Festival. Beautiful, bright and fearless newcomer Brit Marling and fan favorite William Mapother (TV's "Lost") star as Rhoda and John, two people whose worlds collide after a tragic accident. Their intimate drama plays out against the astounding discovery of Earth 2, a parallel world that poses provocative and fascinating possibilities. Does a new Earth mean a chance at another life? Another destiny? Another self? Another Earth is science-fiction at its best -- with a mind-bending surprise ending that you will never forget.
Daddy's little girls are all grown up... but they've also grown apart. Niki (Brooke Langton, Swingers) is the star of a TV show in LA; Chrissy (writer-director Vanessa Parise) runs a high-powered company on Wall Street; Toni (Monet Mazur, Blow) is a free-spirited singer who brings her girlfriend (Alyssa Milano, "Charmed") home to get attention. Danni (Amanda Detmer, Saving Silverman) is the only one who stayed close to their parents, and now she's about to start a new life with her husband-to-be (Johnathon Schaech, That Thing You Do!). But they're all getting a second chance as they attempt to make Danni's special day one the whole family will always remember.
An extraordinary motion picture, Ordinary People is an intense examination of a family being torn apart by tension and tragedy. Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore star as the upper-middle-class couple whose "ordinary" existence is irrevocably shattered by the death of their oldest son in a boating accident. Timothy Hutton is the younger son, struggling against suicide and guilt left by the drowning. Judd Hirsch is the empathetic psychiatrist who provides his lifeline to survival. Mary Tyler Moore gives a riveting portrayal of the inexplicably aloof mother. Robert Redford's achievement as director, after more than twenty years as a superstar in front of the camera, earned him an Oscar® Superb performances and masterful direction complement the award-winning screenplay, based upon the novel by Judith Guest.
From Golden Globe® and Academy Award® winning director Susanne Bier (2011, Best Foreign Language Film, In A Better World) comes a romantic comedy set in Sorrento, Italy. Philip (Brosnan), an Englishman living in Denmark, is a middle-aged widower and estranged single father. Ida (Dyrholm) is a Danish hairdresser who's just been left by her husband for a younger woman. The fates of these two souls are about to intertwine as they embark for a trip to Italy to attend the wedding of Patrick and Astrid, Philip's son and Ida's daughter. It's a story about seeking love and having the courage to change your life -- even when you think it's too late.
Walter, once a successful and happy family man, has hit rock bottom. But, in his darkest hour, he finds a rather unusual savior: a beaver hand-puppet that takes over Walter's life in an attempt to change things for the better. Academy Award winner Jodie Foster directs and co-stars with Academy Award winner Mel Gibson in a film critics call "bold", "complex" and "funny."
From Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) comes this suspenseful and provocative tale of intrigue starring Channing Tatum, Academy Award-nominees Rooney Mara and Jude Law, and Academy Award-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones. After her husband (Channing Tatum) is released from prison, Emily (Rooney Mara) begins suffering from terrifying anxiety and turns to psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Jude Law) for help. But when Banks prescribes an experimental drug for her, the side effects have chilling and deadly consequences. Full of unexpected twists, Side Effects is the sexy psychological thriller that critics are calling "wildly unpredictable!" (Marlow Stern, Newsweek)
Insightful. Original. Exquisite. Georges and Anne have known a lifetime of love within their intimate marriage. Though their bond has survived time's test, it's about to meet its greatest challenge. Acclaimed director Michael Haneke brings a performance tour-de-force to the screen in a film that exalts the beautiful, compassionate and courageous within us all.