***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!
Dogville - 4 out of 5
Interesting. Unique. One-of-a-kind. Well acted. Amazing cast. These are just a few of the good things I can say about Dogville. In the past, I've only seen bits and pieces of this movie and have never actually been able to see Lars von Trier's interesting creation about a young woman (played by Nicole Kidman) on the run from the mob, who then finds herself in the town named Dogville. What follows is an interesting (and disturbing) view into the human psyche when it comes to helping others.
Right off the bat, the film is unlike anything else you've ever seen as it refuses to use sets and has the movie take place entirely on a minimalist, theater-like stage that has homes and buildings set up only in the form of chalk outlines. This ends up forcing the viewer to focus entirely on the actors and the story--both of which are great! This film has some of the best actors in the business. I already said that the incredibly beautiful Nicole Kidman plays the lead but she is surrounded by the likes of the amazingly talented Paul Bettany, James Caan, Philip Baker Hall, (one of my favorite character actors) Zeljko Ivanek, Chloe Sevigny, Stellan Skarsgard and the whole movie is narrated by the immensely talented John Hurt.
While the film is long, the characters and story are interesting enough to keep you captivated. Dogville is one of those rare films that breaks the mold of modern filmmaking and delivers something you haven't seen before. If you get the opportunity, check this one out.