An influential celebrity couple joins a group of super-rich elite on a yacht. A turn of events lead to several tragic incidents and they are now stranded on the island. How performance dynamics change with conditions.
Triangle of Sadness Movie Review: Screenplay Analysis
The eccentric life of the elites when viewed from a distance from a wide angle is actually funny and bizarre. Be it the very ‘basic’ need of mineral water or even their gesture to keep anyone from the lower classes to the limit. The obsession with money and the power that comes with it makes everyone look funny because even though they can afford to be stupid, they don’t realize that they are. When the filmmaker includes all of this and at the same time points out all the evils in it, it’s all just a very interesting watch. Example White Lotus.
Writer Ruben Östland, who has two Palme d’Ors, the highest honor at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and is now also its president, is known for his unique satirical voice that reveals the most miserable and depraved side of people. referring to the numerous vices in them. In Triangle Of Sadness, he tries to pick two people with different political voices and make them fall in love. The politics between them is gendered, with the woman Yaya (Charlbi) adjusting the definition of equality to her convenience and Carl (Harris) fighting it. Together, they wage a war of the sexes and try to always be the best for each other without allowing each other to even look away. Their world is about creating a false identity. It starts with covering up the triangle of sadness between the eyebrows with Botox to finding love in materialistic things.
When this couple fighting over the dinner bill gets an all-expense paid trip on a yacht, they get together and try to show off their most beautiful sides in bikinis and beach shorts. The yacht is a jungle because it is home to not one but several rich people who are so obsessed with their money. Östland finds evil in the people on board and highlights it as their comic quality. They are filthy rich people standing on the grave of the have-nots they have enslaved for years and are now eating their fossil money. A British couple are sad that the new government has made it difficult for them to do business. They deal in landmines and hand grenades. Yes! That’s the nasty attitude we’re talking about.
The filmmaker emphasizes the evil in everyone when the Russian man Dimitra, played by Zlatko, quotes world leaders who have talked about political ideologies and class divisions for decades. When he’s done focusing on buffooning the elite, he gives them a moment to marinate into ultimate vanity, and then creates a situation where everyone is wallowing in their own filth. He deliberately writes this scene so dirty that you might have to choose to turn your face away. He then moves the whole assembly to the island, where he manages to change the dynamics of the performance. Now the restroom manager is the only person with survival skills, so she becomes the leader.
The world’s rich are now served by a toilet attendant they wouldn’t even notice in the normal world. So much criticism of the way of life and the uselessness of the elite that it all turns out just right. It’s in the stomach-churning climax that the film sags a bit as it falls into a repetitive loop. Perhaps it has a purpose, as the way it breaks into the final act suggests as much.
Triangle of Sadness: Star Performance movie review
Harris Dickinson as Carl is so controlled in everything he does. The actor has a reserved quality to his role and he conveys it so well on screen. Even in the bland modeling look that has slowly slipped into his normal persona, there is so much to see. The late Charlbi Dean is amazing as Yaya as she represents the community that grows around us and makes us fall victim to unrealistic living standards.
Woody Harrelson and Zlatko Buric have great timing together. They are only having a conversation in a world that is unsettling and about to break. Such a riveting representation of the times we live in where people have chosen the internet for pointless debates while the world continues to fall into one rock bottom after another.
Dolly de Leon as Abigail is used so cleverly. She’s always in the film, but not really, until the camera decides to focus only on her as she takes power into her own hands. A great way to give a character shape and an actor their time.
Triangle of Sadness Movie Review: Direction, Music
As a filmmaker, Ruben Östland finds so much comfort in absurdity that he never asks how much is too much? not even once. And actually, it almost always works in his favor. Here is does not shy away from showing you the dirtiest of dirty sides and that too with precision. The Triangle Of Sadness is metaphorical of course, but also quite simple to understand. Everything in the movie fits together so beautifully and it all works together just right.
Triangle of Sadness: The Last Word movie review
Triangle Of Sadness is a spoof about the elite and absurdity represented by Ruben Östland’s style. Check it out, if it’s your genre, give it a try even if it’s not.