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Melancholia: Our World Didn't End so Watch One That Will

Illustration for article titled emMelancholia/em: Our World Didnt End so Watch One That Will

Even though it's probably safe to assume by now that the Mayan Apocalypse was a bust, we've still got a few more hours of socially acceptable nihilism on our hands. If you haven't already had the (figurative) pleasure, there will never be a better time to sink into the slowly unraveling despair that is Melancholia.

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If you're looking for an apocalyptic thriller à la Armageddon, this ain't it. More art than entertainment, the film explores (Kirsten Dunst's character) Justine's descent into depression along with the emotional, social, and physical destruction that follows. All of this is symbolized in what we know will be the imminent destruction of the world at large as well as her own.

The cinematography is stunning, and the first and final scenes will likely haunt you for days to come. So while it's not really an upper, at the very least, you get to walk away the schadenfreudic delight of knowing that, hey, at least it wasn't you. [Netflix]

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DavidLomax
DavidLomax

I rarely respond in disagreement to a post praising a work of art, but I feel I must add a dissenting voice. I went to this one with my wife and a good friend. Each of us suffered in silence, figuring the other two might possibly be enjoying the experience. None of us did. It was an excruciatingly dull look at a selfish, self-destructive depressive whose ennui was supposed to make her smarter than the people around her. In the annoyingly constructed world of this bitter, pissy little story, only sad people are seen to be insightful. I wanted to slap the film-maker around for as long as I sat through his crappy creation. He would still have gotten the better part of the bargain. At one point, someone in the audience said, "I wish the world WOULD end." Most of us laughed. Some applauded.