Kirsten Dunst's new apocalyptic sci-fi flick is artsy AND fartsy

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Dec 14, 2012

The first trailer for Melancholia, directed by Oscar-nominated Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, features a posh estate wedding, Kiefer Sutherland and a telescope, a rogue planet on a collision course with Earth and, oh yeah, the former Mary Jane Watson in the nude.

Von Trier has built a career out of making films like Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark and Dogville—all very rigorously naturalistic films, with very little in the way of special effects or artificial sets. But judging by this first look—which is marginally NSFW, thanks to a couple of brief shots of Dunst in her birthday suit—Melancholia seems to be a departure.

It also seems to be ponderous and dull and pedantic. It's one thing to tell the tale of a marriage that fractures as soon as it starts, and a family that's eroding despite what looks like vast wealth. But to use the idea of some rogue planet that's been hiding behind the sun and might be on a collision course with Earth as some apocalyptic backdrop—complete with dialogue exchanges like: "I'm afraid of that stupid planet." "It's not going to hit us." "You promise?"—seems hamfisted at best and insulting to sci-fi fans at worst.

(Via Bleeding Cool)