Sodapop-gothic von Trier... This first episode is merely a primer for what's to come, so if you somehow find it to slow stick with it, and you'll be rewarded with Uber weirdness... Here the characters are set... Scenes are established... Rituals both spiritual and strangely official.... Doctors Behaving Badly.... And a pair of down syndrome suffering dishwashers who act as a sort of Greek chorus re: the goings-on...
I'd give up American Horror Story for this anytime! I know that on this pilot we don't get to see much, but the whole feel promised me more than any graphic feature on AHS. It's not beautiful, but it didn't appear to pursue that. It was like some weird tale that would fit inside Silent Hill canon... I hope the other episodes get even better.
"Soso, con planos secuencia amateur y sin llegar a ningún lugar" podría ser la descripción adecuada para este piloto que deja bastante que desear, hasta que al final el mismísimo director sale a dar la cara y comenta que las limitantes de producción del presente episodio fueron solo una manera de contención para evitar el desgaste de la salud mental del espectador. Se promete horror de verdad en próximas entregas.
First episode showcases Trier's taste for deadpan humour, particularly when resulting from potentially offensive/near-the-knuckle situations. The scene in which Helmer confronts the mother of a little girl left permanently disabled by his own misconduct falls somewhere between the first scene of The Idiots & the Mrs. H sequence from Nymphomaniac as one of the auteur's most profound & emotionally complex provocations.
Fantastic, thought provocative. Carefully shot and very selective photography. The insights over modern progress and the institutionalized production of knowledge versus the unmeasured, superstitious and alternate views are beautifully orchestrated in a credible and tremendously representative environment. Every shot adds up into suspense and balances the spectator between certainty, disbelief and doubt
Can not wait to begin watching the series...probably in it's entirety over the next few days or up all night. Save for Antichrist - the unrealistic vision that a phobia can be cured within hours by someone you not only know, but are married to, and the superfluity of the castration.....absolutely superfluous, however, lovely sadness, sweet bitter thoughts of dead seeds hitting the roof (WOW) - Trier is my film lover
First saw 'The Kingdom' in its Toronto premiere at the cinematheque, a few months before it replayed at TIFF. Even after the remarkable "Europe' this didn't disappoint. We spent the next months telling everyone who'd listen they just had to see this. Part One The Unheavenly Host. We meet our main characters and the groundwork is laid with just the right mix of suspence and underlying horror....."danish scum...."
Why didn't Lars von Trier continue to make stuff like this? This is so much more enjoyable and creative then the pseudo intellectual garbage that Antichrist is. The Kingdom is really cool so far, and Mubi's comparison to Twin Peaks isn't far off the mark. Looking forward to diving right into the rest of this one.