Plenty of moments in Melancholia are painfully funny. Some moments are even painful to watch, but there was never a moment when I thought about the time or my next movie or did not care about the characters or had anything less than complete interest. Awesome special effects emulating the terrifying splendor of the end of days collide with an austere portrait of the varying reactions and outlooks that people are apt to experience as they stare death irrefutably in the face. It's an oddly tasteful, composed take on doomsday, utilizing the inexplicable influence of depression to approach and decode a hostile subject. With Lars Von Trier, I wouldn't expect anything less.