A Few Depressing Movies

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Entertainment, Reviews

Last week I caught Melancholia, which likely qualifies as the most depressing movie I’ve ever seen.  Starring such big names a Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland and John Hurt, this story follows a nihilistic woman as a huge rogue planet approaches the Earth on a collision course.  I’m not giving anything away as the movie opens with the actual collision before flashing back to the marriage ceremony of the nihilistic woman, which is an event in itself.  The first part of the movie seems to examine the role of ceremonies and “events” in trying to divert us from our innate existential depression, while the second half turns the tables and seems to paint the nihilistic character as the one that best deals with the impending apocalypse.  Sounds like fun?

Well, while it is definately not a feel good movie, it is very well made and totally engaging.  The scenes are often a little surrealistic and the cinematography is superb.  The Director is the famous Lars Von Trier of Denmark, who is well known for his depressing statements about human nature.  And there is an over abundance of naked Dunst.

I would give this movie an A-, but don’t go to see it if you need to be cheered up.

This would make a good double feature with the other apocalypse film currently in the theaters, Take Shelter, which I saw at TIFF and reviewed previously.  Maybe an Apocalypse Party is due sometime in the next year or so.

OK.  I need a happy film.  Maybe I’ll go and see Hugo.  It seems to be getting decent reviews and it probably won’t be too depressing.

Additional note:  Starbuck, which I loved and reviewed previously, was released on DVD this weekend.  It’s a real feelgood movie worth seeing!

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