Triangle of Sadness: Movie Review

Triangle of Sadness Movie Review: Parasite on a Ship

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It's money vs. skills, rich vs. poor as Ruben Östlund delivers an entertaining and unpredictable tale of class wars in "Triangle of Sadness". While it may not be the most subtlest of satires out there, the film ultimately is an interesting and thought-inducing watch from start to finish. 

Fashion model couple Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean) are invited to partake on a luxury cruise adventure. It is no surprise that the couple find themselves in the midst of the ultra-rich. As expected, all appears to be masterful at first but a literal storm is brewing, and when heavy seasickness hits the passengers during the seven-course captain’s dinner, the cruise ends catastrophically as pirates attack the ship the next morning. Soon, the survivors become stranded on a secluded island with a group of billionaires and a cleaning lady (Dolly de Leon). In the fight for survival, old hierarchies are turned upside down since the cleaning lady is the only one who knows how to fish, how to cook, and how to make a fire.

They say that money can buy everything - if you have enough of it. And there's no doubt that the ultra-rich can buy anything their heart desires without batting an eye. But in "Triangle of Sadness", this thinking of money buying influence and power is legitimately destroyed to great and entertaining effect. Central to this was Ruben Östlund's direction. The film had this highly-tangible quirk to it that brought a lot of life into each scene and characters within a scene. Additionally, each character was well-acted and well-portrayed by an ensemble cast that punches more than above its weight. They may not have the same power as A-listers but the damn well showed that their talents could match and even exceed any big name out there. Where the film unravels for us was its pacing and narrative development. The film's transitions from one act to another was quite sudden and jarring. And some major sequences seemed to drag on unnecessarily. Overall though, "Triangle of Sadness" was a romp especially if you set your expectations right.

Rating: 4 reels

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