Stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Kiefer Sutherland and Charlotte Rampling. Courtesy of eOne Films.

Melancholia is one of those artsy movies that will either leave you in awe or make you wonder why you bothered sitting down to watch it. Not to say that it’s a bad film, because it’s not. Once you get past all the dramatic tricks and effects, the story itself is interesting.

A couple are celebrating their wedding day with a sumptuous party at the bride’s sister’s house, while the planet, Melancholia, is headed straight towards Earth. Melancholia has been dubbed a psychological disaster movie from many critics, and it’s easy to see why. 

Director Lars von Trier has done a fabulous job at creating splendor and magnificence. It’s a breathtaking piece full of visual wonder and destruction. While one can appreciate what the director was trying to accomplish, it’s definitely not my cup of tea.

It’s difficult to fully understand what you should be feeling as you watch the film – should we be saddened for the young newlyweds as their world is about to end? Or should we be happy as they celebrate their marriage and the promises they have made to love each other endlessly for the rest of time?

Melancholia is the type of film that will fascinate you, while at the same time annoy you. From the moment you start watching, it’s almost impossible to turn off. It puts an unexplainable hold on your mind. No matter what you think of Melancholia, it has a way of spellbinding its viewers. It has become one of the most unforgettably unique films of our time.

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