Triangle of Sadness (2022)

Director: Ruben Östlund
Writer: Ruben Östlund
Starring: Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Dolly De Leon, Vicki Berlin, Woody Harrelson, and more.

The Intro:
Notch another one for Best Picture nominees that I knew little about. “Triangle of Sadness” hit my radar early, as friends on my Letterboxd started logging this as watched. I quickly became intrigued but obviously have only gotten to it now after the nominees have been announced. Running in blind, I certainly had no idea what I was in store for.

IMDb Summary:
“A fashion model celebrity couple join an eventful cruise for the super-rich.”

The Oberrating:
Well, let me tell you, “Triangle of Sadness” was quite the experience. For one, it is awesome to see a festival movie come so far to now become an Oscar Best Picture nominee. Now that I have watched it, themes aside, how the hell did this get nominated?! I mean that in the most positive way possible of course because the film is quite good, but when it wants to disgust, man, does it disgust! “Triangle of Sadness” is not for the weak stomachs, or for those who enjoyed a meal prior to their watch. You have been warned!

Disgust aside, “Triangle of Sadness” has a lot to say. Eat the rich! You know?! However, that’s not all. A main theme that I truly, truly loved about this movie was what happens when someone “lower” than the upper echelon now holds the power? When circumstances change the hierarchy, how does everyone respond to that, and what will the people do to keep their newfound status when they were once so low and now are so high? From the broad perspective, this movie is long, disgusting, and filled with shock-value, but bring the scope in and you get a thematically loaded movie deserving of its Best Picture nomination.

As I said previously, probably the most glaring aspect of this movie that harmed my viewing experience was its duration. While I was mostly locked in for the 2 hour and 27 minute long runtime, my attention did start to wane from now and then, and maybe some of it could have been cut in favor of a shorter run? Regardless, a solid outing and totally fun for the shock-value.

The Wrap-Up:
A true treat of a movie! “Triangle of Sadness” busted onto the scene, picked up steam, and ran full speed ahead to the Academy Awards. Through starvation, sweat, and throw-up, we have a Best Picture nominee that challenges the norms and has a whole lot to say.

Other Takeaways:

  • DOLLY DE LEON!!! PHILIPPINES STAND UP!!! Dolly RAN THIS SHIT! She has, hands down, the best moment of this movie, and I will not soon forget her name.
  • Rest in peace to miss Charlbi Dean, the lead female of this movie who passed away possibly due to complications from a car accident she experienced prior to filming this movie. I was truly upset reading about the story.

Rating: 3/5


Edited by Erica McNatt

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