This movie was an amazing viewing experience. It was created in a sort of stage like play format. Minimal props were used and all that you see is a black background as if the stage itself was situated in front of some black abyss. Upon first watching this movie I thought I was going to watch a less than mediocre prerecorded play for PBS. It initially is unappealing to the eye to watch. However, the story line is wonderfully rich and complex and the acting is very well done. You soon find yourself enthralled in the story line and realize that it is so powerful/well done that the lack of visual screen set design is not an issue.
This one was a long slog that I simply could not bring myself to sit through for more than ten or fifteen minutes. Judge me as you will. I just couldn't take another second of the pretentiousness of this thing. You might have more patience than I do.
Movie asks the question - is Grace, measuring others to a lower standard than how we measure ourself a form of arrogance? Does holding people accountable for their actions result from our seeing them as our equals ?
This movie is unique and thought-provoking. Usually, I avoid three hour movies, but this one sucked me in; perhaps the chapter format made it more appealing. Stick with it through the end, it's worth it.
Utterly horrendous in terms of writing, directing, and most of the acting. Von Trier's contrivances on the topic of corruption are so bleatingly obvious as to be grotesque insults toward humanity. Also, it's a slog. Oh, and if you didn't already know that all men are horrible sexual miscreants, this 3-hour film will leave no doubts left. Gee, thanx, Larzzzzzzz.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Experimental does not equal great - or even good in the case of this film... The novelty wore off pretty quickly for me and then I turned the movie off too.
Agree with noisexorcist - you have to see this movie if you love movies as art, not only entertainment. This one will horrify the viewer if he is not already at mankind's vilest traits.
Possibly Lars' reworking of "Our Town," a difficult film but full of twists and references that will spark late night conversations with other Van Trier enthusiasts.
James Caan's understated performance anchors it.
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