Antichrist (2009)

After losing their only child, the couple retreats to a cabin in the woods to confront their troubled lives.

I hate it when people say they don’t like a particular movie because they don’t understand it. So if I’m going to not like something, I want to know that I’m not missing anything to judge it. When I first heard about this movie and all the talk surrounding it I had high expectations playing it. But by the end, I just didn’t understand what all the hype was about aside from some graphic scenes of sex and violence. Yes, the cinematography was very well done, and Charlotte Gainsbourg puts on a great performance. But besides those few well done components I had a hard time liking this movie. I tried to read up on others’ interpretation and analysis of the movie because I was desperate to know why there were so many who call this film a masterpiece. But the lightly sprinkled amateurish psychoanalysis with thin layers of Catholic witch hunt / pagan persecution references wasn’t really doing it for me. The unfocused plot and unlikable characters were like a distraction from the otherwise beautiful (though creepy) ambiance and scenery. Go watch the Exorcist again instead. [4/10]

This post is posted on Wednesday 18 April 2012.
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