Tuesday, 18 October 2011


While I'm away in Liverpool I thought I'd schedule a post more or less gushing about a film I saw last week. I saw a few overwhelmed tweets about how mind bogglingly beautiful (yes, bogglingly) Melancholia was, so I thought I should see what all the hype was about. I'm not usually a fan of disaster movies; The Day After Tomorrow was crap, and inaccurate (I'm a Geographer, I'm allowed to say that), and Deep Impact still gives me nightmares. But this was very different, in that for the most part it focussed on the impact of a select few people, rather than mass hysteria and chaos worldwide. Not a fan of these burning car shots or tsunamis hitting New York, thanks. Not to say that Melancholia doesn't have it's fair share of DISASTER imagery. The last scene is still ingrained in my head and the moment the screen went blank I could actually hear my heart thumping.

I'm not going to go over the plot for fear of spoiling it for all of you. Nor am I going to offer a proper review because let's be honest, my blog posts are rambly at the best of times. I'd probably end up putting you off. What I will say is that it's probably not a film I'd buy on DVD. It's never going to be a classic or a blockbuster of any kind. But I think that's it's strength. Its attention to detail and development of the characters is subtle (though you'll concur that the lack of fear in the child is pretty pathetic). When Kiefer Sutherland ends up the stables I thought it was such a sorrowful example of how... actually, that'll spoil it. Go and watch it and let me know what you thought to that scene.

That'll do ayway. I believe it is still in the cinemas but all the same, here's the trailer. Have a warm person to cling to when the loneliness hits.

[This is a scheduled post, back Thursday!]


  1. I haven't been to the cinema in ages but I like the review. It's actually really rare to walk out the cinema going 'yeah I have to get that on DVD' and it's awesome when that happens. Maybe this is a movie I'll save to watch when it goes onto Sky Movies!

    Anyway have fun in Liverpool!

  2. I've read a couple of mixed reviews about it, but it definitely sounds intriguing! I love Charlotte Gainsbourg so an extra reason to check it out :p xx

  3. i hadnt even heard of this movie but it looks really good, like soemthing i would enjoy :D


  4. (semi-spoiler)

    I was SO PISSED at Kiefer Sutherland's character for that! COWARDLY BASTARD! But I thought it was important to include it, because so few disaster/apocalypse films will dare to explore that reaction. Also, it was nice to see a man being weak in a von Trier film for once...

    What did you think of the music?

    Love, Tilda

  5. I've been looking forward to seeing this for ages but my local cinema wasn't showing it so I'll be waiting to rent the DVD. Nice to hear someone's honest opinion on it though! x

  6. I hadn't even heard of this until I saw your post! Anything with a bit of Kiefer is enough to make me watch it. YUM xxx

  7. I was totally put off this by reviews I read in the press but I might give it a try now. Not sure showcase will have it on but will check Chapter Arts listings... xx

  8. This movie can change your life. Such an important as a message to spread the knowledge about depression. X


  9. I've read some really bad reviews and I'm unconvinced by Lars van Trier but it does look totally beautiful. I think I would like to watch it in stills. x

  10. Ohh, I really want to see this film! did you go to The Fact to see this?? The same director did another film I really like called The New World~ you should watch that too if you like the style of Melancholia :)


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