Lars von Trier is back with another gruesome and psychotic movie. As always he tries to put as much art in as possible. But did that work?
For me, definitely. First of all: I think Matt Dillon delivers an amazing performance as the 'titular' Jack. He is very, very active in this role and very intimidating in every scene. The perfect mix of predictable and hauntingly scary behaviour of a serial killer.
It is a very slow movie, it doesn't really lift off at any point so it can't really be seen as an enjoyable experience, especially with the rough violence. But then again I was surprised that it wasn't as gruesome as I thought it would be, after hearing all the stuff that came from Cannes.
But thinking about it, the really gruesome stuff is the slow psychological story behind it.
The stories throughout, especially the typical blend ins are a sort of B-Side for the raw violence.
But it seemed asthetic to me and that's what counts with Trier.
But I can totally see why people hated it, there is so much potential with this material and the outcome is so different. But that's what I love about it.
9.7 out of 10 .
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