2/5 ⭐️-“The House That Jack Built” is the latest film by Lars Von Trier who is definitely an acquired taste. He can also be a hit and miss filmmaker, I love “Dogville” and feel it’s a misunderstood masterpiece but hated with everything in me his “Nymphomaniac” films.His latest film follows Jack(Matt Dillon),a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of 12 years, and depicts the 5 murders that really develop his inner madman. The film is told in chapters detailing these 5 key murders.When the film premiered back in Cannes this past spring, the film was a big talking point because many people walked out and passed out. Now I didn’t pass out but I can pin point the moments that were probably too much for people that caused them to walk out. Like “Suspiria” I also found this film to be a pretentious piece of shit that their directors found to be ambitious efforts in their part with both films being 2 hours and 30 minutes for NO REASON other than stroking their egos in how far they can push the limit of violence.The film shows a huge amount of violence on females and kids. I have an incredibly strong stomach for violence and I didn’t vomit or anything but I even found myself feeling that Lars went too far with this film. I wasn’t shock by the events of the film because I know his work but usually his work has reasoning behind even the most repulsive events, but I felt with this film he confused what constitutes being art. The film is currently out in select cinemas and VOD but if any of my followers decide to watch remember I warned you guys this is a very violent and gruesome film that will offend many.
Matt Dillon delivers the best performance since his Oscar nominated turn in “Crash”. His Jack is hands down one of the most repulsive characters I have ever seen on film. I usually have a thing with seeing serial killer movies and get excited to see how creative the kills get, but he made his character so disgusting, someone you truly hated and were appalled by. That has a lot to do with Matt’s committed performance which was simply sinister.#LarsVonTrier#AdolfHitler#PulpFiction#Melancholia#Suspiria#Nymphomaniac#Dogville#Antichrist#Elvis