Slow, strange images flood the screen in the first 5 minutes or so of this that show, pretty much, the ending of the film. Lars von Trier does this so that viewers are relieved of the suspense of not knowing what it going to happen in order for them to focus on the more important aspect of the film: the character development.
The film is divided into two parts both showcasing some form of melancholy. Part 1: Justine; depression. Part 2: Claire; anxiety. Kirsten Dunst acted her part perfectly. She was so convincing and every moment on screen was just gold. She was Justine; depression. She dominated the first half and though she wasn’t in the second half as much as Charlotte Gainsbourg (Claire) she still managed to act her part so powerfully. Charlotte Gainsbourg showcased anxiety so well with her character, Claire, going through so much anxiety in Part 2. I feel that Part 2 progressed faster than the first part and ultimately defined the film. Both of them just did so well in the acting in this film.
Melancholia is more an art film than anything else, though Lars von Trier has stated that this is the closest to mainstream that he has ever created. I feel that you should just sit back and just watch it without thinking too much; it’s no Inception. The beauty of what you see on screen will carry the film easily with the shaky camera making it feel more real; that makes it all the more moving.
Lars von Trier has created a visual masterpiece with great character development that you just have to watch for yourself to understand why people speak so highly of it. I would strongly recommend you watch this.
Oh damn I forgot about watching this …. -_- I will eventually.