‘The House That Jack Built’ Review: Lars von Trier’s NEW Phenomenon That Forces People to Leave Theaters

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The House That Jack Built is a psychological horror film written and directed by Lars von Trier that will premiere this week in US and Denmark. 

Nexter.org collected the critics’ comments and prepared a brief review of the upcoming scandalous movie – The House That Jack Built.

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Huge scandal on Cannes 2018

At the Cannes Film Festival, for the first time since 2011, – a film by Lars von Trier was shown. All these years the Danish director, who accidentally joked about sympathy for Hitler, was not welcomed at the festival.

This time he introduced new “The House That Jack Built.” The guests reacted to Trier’s new film no less keenly than to the ill-fated joke: at least 100 people left the room where the movie was shown.

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Nevertheless, most of the film critics saw in the story about the serial killer as a genius essay about the art classes and their deplorable consequences.

Plot

The story reveals the life of Jack a serial killer that murders people for 12 years in the 1970s and 1980s in the U.S. state of Washington.

A record number of cruel and disgusting scenes

This movie is basically a record for Lars von Trier if we count the number of cruel and disgusting scenes, ‘The House That Jack Built’ is even more violent than “Antichrist.” Why did he show all these scenes? Is it really necessary for the plot?

The author of the movie stated that it is necessary, and it needs to be shown. Lars von Trier thinks that the idea that the audience feels pain when the main character is stabbed with a knife seeing only their eyes see on the screen, is some sort of nonsense.

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He thinks that any film needs excuses. It is important that a series of movies – not necessarily his – exist in the world with the purpose of exploring every corner, every crack of such moments.

Cast

In 2016, we learned the names of the main characters:

  • Matt Dillon as Jack
  • Bruno Ganz as Verge
  • Riley Keough as Simple
  • Jeremy Davies as Al
  • Ed Speleers as Ed
  • David Bailie as S.P

Also, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, and Sofie Gråbøl are also featured in the movie.

Critics’ opinion

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On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 62% based on 58 reviews (36 fresh and 22 rotten) and an average rating of 6.3/10.

The website’s critical consensus reads, “The House That Jack Built presents writer-director Lars von Trier at his most proudly uncompromising: hard to ignore, and for many viewers, just as difficult to digest.”

Read what top critics think about the movie below:

  • “Dillon might have trouble putting this one at the top of his resume if he wants to do a Disney film, but there’s no question he delivers an impactful movie monster, with darting eyes and a toothy smile that makes Jack at once seem empathetic and bonkers,” Eric Kohn for indieWire.
  • “If von Trier is instead merely content telling a sick joke – and the soundtrack, including the repeated use of David Bowie’s Fame, suggests as much – it leads to a punchline we’ve all heard before,” for Barry Hertz for Globe and Mail.
  • “The House That Jack Built is definitely something to see. But what’s most surprising is that it’s just as often inane as unsettling,” David Rooney for Hollywood Reporter.

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