Melancholia first came across my radar because of the hoopla surrounding Kirsten Dunst appearing nude in the film. I believe that was a ploy to get people interested in this under the radar film, but the plot is what interested me most. The first time I watched Melancholia the beginning slow motion sequence bored me to death, but as the movie went on I was in a trance as parts of the sequence began to make sense. I love this movie. I love the soundtrack. It’s a beautiful work of art. It’s a movie that will make you think and feel. Having said all that not everyone that sees this film will see it that way. Not just because we’re all different, but because this film is not typical or ordinary by Hollywood standards. The second time I watched it I was fully able to appreciate it without prejudice.

Melancholia is the name of a planet that has been hiding behind the sun and is now on a collision course to end life on earth. Melancholia plays a small yet volatile role in this film. Usually in films that deal with the end of the world the focus is on how everyone in the world is panacking or a plan to save the world. In this film the focus is on this family and their literal view of Melancholia as it heads towards earth.

I didn’t like Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgård as a couple in this film, but their relationship is only valid during the first half of the movie, so I was thankful when they parted. I was also thankful because their relationship seemed to be forced upon them in the first place.  I also didn’t totally understand why Kirsten Dunst’s character has an American accent and her mother, father, and sister have English accents. But, I know that these things I’ve mentioned are part of the soul of the film and not having everything spelled out is part of what makes you think when watching this film. It’s also irrevelant when you consider the fact that the end of the world is near.

I love a movie with an unhappy ending. I’m definitely gonna buy this one!

Rating: 5 Out Of 5 stars!

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