“What are you doing Lars Von Trier? Okay, I’m going to go along with it because I like him.” Beautiful still images, more extreme slow motion images set to music. “I can’t. He’s got to start the movie. If I want to see still images, I’ll go to a museum. Please start the movie!!!!!!!”

That’s a snippet of my internal monologue during the first few excruciating minutes of Melancholia. Maybe it’s a symptom of the digital age or the fact that I’m part of the MTV generation but I have no patience for this type of painterly, extended type of montages, at least not at the start of a film.

Unlike previous Von Trier films Breaking the Waves and Dancer in the Dark, which had a cohesive structure and well developed characters although they both left me feeling suicidal, Melancholia has only the bare outlines of characters and no story for the viewer to grasp onto. The basic premise of the film is that a planet is on a collision course with earth and the end of mankind may be only days away. Unfortunately, it feels like it’s the movie that is days away from ending. Continue reading »

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