Review: Von Trier’s “Melancholia” Is A “Narcissistic, Humorless Exercise.”

The Observer Of London Pans …
Lars Von Triers’ newie “Melancholia,” with film critic Philip French concluding that if the end of

Kirsten Dunst in "Melancholia."

the world was upon us, he wouldn’t waste his time seeing the movie. And this, despite the presence of starlet Kirsten Dunst’s bare upper torso.

Here’s the nut graf:

“Moreover, like his oeuvre as a whole, it is, to quote the most famous, most melancholy of Danes, “sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought”. Indeed like Hamlet, von Trier is a depressed, attention-seeking malcontent, forever insulting and playing malevolent games with those around him and inventing dramas such as Hamlet’s “The Mousetrap”, designed to disturb and expose the audience and leave it in a state of disarray.”

Ouch.

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