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Pure Tangible Dread,
This review is from: Melancholia [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)Melancholia is a film split into two halves.
I wasn't so absorbed by the first half, despite great acting and a wonderful setting. It does, however, put severe depression into perspective, portreying irratic uncontrollable mood swings and obvious family defect traits as playing their part in exacerbating the condition. Who is more damaged, the manic deppressive or the apparently 'normal' people in their lives?
Never the less, the first half didn't grip me and nearly had me switching off. If you feel the same when watching I urge you to carry on. Don't read the next bit if you want to have an amazing film experience.
The second half on the other hand was utterly amazing. Perhaps the foundations of the first half helped make it so, I'll never know. I felt more fear and dread than I have since watching horror films as a kid. My stomach was in knots. The family deals with the impending doom of planet Melancholia colliding with Earth in very different and surprising ways, mostly very traumatic and tragic. My god, if this was happening for real what would you do? And, boy, does it feel real.
Unlike the usual hollywood disaster films where there is normally hope for a small group of the population, here there is none, bar the infinitely small possibility Melancholia may slide beautifully by Earth without much effect. I guess it's very like depression, with short-lived highs and massively oppressive lingering lows. The second half provides a very disturbing and tense watch.
When the end comes you might find yourself glad, because you won't be able to bear it anymore. I felt sick, then exhausted, like i'd just awoken from a vivid night terror.
Melancholia is definitely one hell of an experience. You have been warned
p.s. Don't watch it if the person you're watching it with doesn't understand anything in films ever and needs constant explanations, or if the person your watching with provides a bleating monologue throughout the entire movie about 'what they think'. This would easily break the tension this film works so hard to create.
Lights off, sound up, shut up.
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2012 21:56:30 BDT
J. L. Merritt says:
Oh Dear, this is Damien Hirst on film. Conceited, arrogant and abusive of those who suffered depression. I like intelligent, thought provoking films but this complete rubbish. Don't watch it unless you are a "luvvie".
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Apr 2012 12:27:57 BDT
Most people suffer from depression in varying degrees and there is no set pattern of behaviour. Everyone is different and behaves and copes differently. Arrogant and Abusive? A fairly bizzare comment. It's a bit like saying Boyz in the Hood is arrogant and Abusive to black Americans. They're just films about ideas that came from someones mind based on their experiences. Nothing more, nothing less.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2012 23:26:47 BDT
J. L. Merritt says:
For those who have suffered depression (including myself) the artistic, slow rendering images seems to trivalise the whole horrendous feeling of depression and sets up an extremely negative image from the start.
Posted on 7 May 2012 11:14:26 BDT
You're being more pretentious than you feel the film was. It's just a movie nothing more. If you don't like it fine. Stop overanalysing it. The things you're saying are rediculously extreme.
I suffer from, and am currently in, a crippling bout of depression that has been pushing me to the edge for months. How does the film trivialise how I feel? get real
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