Wednesday, August 10, 2016

REPUGNANT REVIEW: Antichrist - Lars Von Trier

It's about time I finally watched and reviewed this movie, considering it's been featured on every "Top Disturbing Movie" list I could find, and I couldn't be anymore happy with what I witnessed. Lars Von Trier blew me away with this film, the acting from Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg was phenomenal, the cinematography was absolutely beautiful, and the feeling I got from this film, the feeling of complete dread and isolation was superb. Some may write this off as artistic porn, but my god, it was just a remarkable film. I'm honestly not too familiar with a lot of Lars Von Trier's movies, but this really made me want to see more of his work. Just based on this film, I can already see the genius in this guy. But let's dive deeper, and I'll discuss in detail about what makes this disturbing masterpiece one of the best movies I've seen in awhile.

Antichrist is a movie about a married couple who try to cope with the recent and tragic death of their son. The opening scene just sets everything up perfectly, with a beautifully shot sex scene between our characters, "He and She", mixed with clips of their son wandering around the home, and eventually climbing up to the window where he slips and falls. My first shock was seeing the penetration during the sex scene. It's not something I'm normally used too in movies (porn on the other hand...), and I think the last time I saw any penetration in any film was "Gutterballs", and at that time I thought is was silly, but this fit pretty well, considering it is a very intense and sexual scene. Defintiely not for someone who is sensitive to sexual subjects, but for me, it was just a shocker, and I wasn't too weirded out by it. If you're shocked by something like this, there is no way you could last through the entire movie. Another thing I'd like to add is how incredible Charlotte Gainsbourg is in this. She is a truly amazing actress, and really plays the part of a greiving mother, who is slowly going insane.

Everything really goes down hill once they get to a place called "Eden", an isolated place in the middle of the woods. Thats when they begin to be plagued by visions of their dead son, and everything involved in nature, especially a scene where Willem Dafoe see's a deer trying to give birth to a dead fawn, and runs away with half of it sticking out. Truly disturbing, but it just keeps that dreadful atmosphere going up until the very end, and that's when the two most disturbing scenes happen in the film. I won't spoil it for you, but it does involve both of the characters genitals... and it's rough.

I dont't want to repeat myself too much, but I loved this movie. Everything about it was superb, and I will recommend this to anyone who truly wants to experience this movie. Give your friends a heads up though, because not too many people can handle the sexual and violent content of this movie. I might even watch this again later tonight, and possibly even get Ty to check this out. Take what you will out of this review, and give it a watch. I think I payed just $12 for the blu-ray on Amazon, and it's worth every penny. Enjoy!

- Jake.

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