Melancholia is a 2011 science-fiction drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier and starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kiefer Sutherland, with Alexander Skarsgård, Brady Corbet, Cameron Spurr, Charlotte Rampling, Jesper Christensen, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård, and Udo Kier in supporting roles.
On the night of her wedding, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) is struggling to be happy even though it should be the happiest day of her life. It was an extravagant wedding paid for by her sister and brother-in-law who are trying to keep the bride and all the guests in line. Meanwhile, Melancholia, a blue planet, is hurtling towards the Earth. Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), Justine's sister, is struggling to maintain composure with fear of the impending disaster.
Why It Rocks
- Unlike any other disaster movies that focus too much on destruction, the movie didn't get any much of the destruction until the very final act of this movie.
- This is not a "fun" shortly before the apocalypse film, the movie has lots of dark, depressing moments, and it's very hard to watch in the second part.
- Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg's performance as Justine, and Claire were amazing.
- The story and it's plot is well written, as the movie explains about what is about depression, living in the state of constant fear and sadness, and the movie did explain so desperately to make it seem like the main characters is some kind of depressing, sadness, and scared of what they feel.
- Stunning and depressing cinematography that makes the movie has the room of depressiveness.
- Charlotte Gainsbourg gives off the performance of her career, with a ton of sense of depressing, fear, worries in her character Claire.
- The acting, especially for Kirstein Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg was excellent.
- Most of the characters are likable and some of the characters that you should care for.
- The visual effects, especially for lightning and as well as the planet Melancholia were amazing.
- Depressing, and the amazing soundtrack that is actually nice to listen to, such as the songs of Beethoven, etc.
- The ending is very depressing. At the golf course, they made a teepee with sticks, and closing their eyes to pray for their deaths until the huge planet Melancholia strikes into Earth, and killing them and the movies quickly fade to black.
- The pacing in the movie is rather sluggish.
The movie was well-received by critics, and the moviegoers, reaching an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and an 80/100 on Metacritic, with a "Generally favorable reviews" on the same site, the critics praise the performance of Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.