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Review of Melancholia

Updated on March 24, 2012

When you watch movies based on the end of the world, what is the first thing that you think? They have made so many movies based on the end of the world and how it will happen that I saw the previews for Melancholia and it caught my attention for a bit. So I decided to check it out from the library to see if it was worth watching.'

It has a good cast but even if it has a good cast, the plot of the movie is what matters the most because you want to be able to catch someones attention and keep it during the whole movie. Well, I must say this movie did have its moments but for the most part it can be kind of hard to follow at times. It consists of two parts, each part is based on the side of each sister, the first part is based on Justine, the second part is based on Claire's side.

Part one of the movie is based on Justine's life. Justine has just gotten married to Michael and they are one their way to their reception, which by the way they were two hours late because they happened to be driving a long limousine that will not fit in the narrow path to go to the place where they are having the reception at. Justine looks happy being married to Michael at first but during the reception she starts to get kind of depressed. Her husband, who is by Alexander Skarsgard, tries to find out what is happening but Justine, Kirsten Dunst, just won't open up. In the back of her head she is thinking about the end of the world.

When it comes time for the bride and the groom to have time on their own, nothing happens, Justine decides to just take a walk and meets this total stranger who is following her for a tag line for the company that she works for. She decides to mess around with him instead of spending the night with her husband. As the night goes on, Justine's husband decides to leave her. Justine lets him leave and just looks to the night sky.

Now part two is based on the sister's side, Claire. She is married to John and has a young boy with him. John is a scientist who keeps looking at the planet, Melancholia, known as the blue planet, as it nears the earth which will cause the world to end. But he assures his wife that it will pass earth and so they keep their hopes up in a way, however, John decides to save up some food just in case. Meanwhile, Justine is depressed and seems to know really be herself. So she is staying with her sister keeping them company. As the days go by, John keeps track of Melancholia and notices that it will not pass earth and that what they said was wrong and that the world will end. He decides to kill himself.

This leaves his wife, his son and Justine to live as comfortable as they can before the world ends. There is a scene where Justine is just outside, nude, but one wonders why they even put that part and what it really had to do with it being close to the end of the world. But as Melancholia nears earth Claire thinks that maybe they can escape however they can't. So on the last day Claire, Justine, and the little boy sit underneath some branches that forms a tent without a cover and they die as Melancholia hits the earth causing it to explode and to become nonexistent.

But all in all, the movie, was kind of confusing and kind of depressing. Some would say it is like that because it is based on the end of the world but it is easy to lose the attention of this movie. I don't know what you may think of the movie, I know that the critics liked it and gave it good reviews but for me it wasn't worth watching.

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      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      Thank you. I really enjoyed writing the review about it, I know that people like to read about movies that they haven't seen.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great review! I haven't seen the movie or heard of it, but if it crosses my remote I would watch it.

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      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      Very true, I just gave it a chance, like they say don't judge a book by its cover I didn't want to judge a movie by its critiques.

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      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      You are welcome. I was told about this movie but I wanted to give it a chance, each movie sometimes deserves a chance.

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      sam209 5 years ago

      Seeing a preview of this movie would have caught my attention as well. I've never heard of this film, but wouldn't mind looking it up to see if it's worth watching. I'm actually into movies with a subject matter like this. Thanks for the review!

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      Max Zvyagintsev 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Reading your review, doesn't sound like my kind of movie either.

      Movies are supposed to be enjoyable, not confusing. Also, the last thing I want to be depressed about, is a movie.