Ok, I admit my bias upfront. I think Ruben Ostlund’s movies are so unique and visceral that I already knew I’d love Triangle of Sadness, ESPECIALLY when you throw in one of my favorite people of all time, Woody Harrleson.
Triangle of Sadness is not perfect, I would have trimmed a few scenes from acts two and three, but it’s so great in its totality that it’s the ol’ “I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers’.
I’m a wimp when it comes to violence, however, I have a high pain tolerance for gross out reality that writer/director’s dare to lay out on screen. So I chuckled when four people left the theater unable to take the in-your-face scenes which I won’t spoil here. I also don’t want to over sell my stamina, as I covered my eyes several times, but in more of a gleeful squeal.
What I can tell you is the story is in three acts: ONE a manipulative influencer (Charlbi Dean, who died rather mysteriously before the movie came out) and her boyfriend (Harris Dickinson who played the cad in Where the Crawdad’s Sing). Here, Harris gets to play the ‘good’ guy though cuckolded by his wench of a gal pal. TWO the couple goes on a exclusive super wealthy cruise and THREE which you’ll have to go see the movie to find out.
I love the honesty of the themes in regards to relationships, wealth and disgusting excess and the beauty of the working class getting their fair accolades.
Woody Harrelson plays the derelict Ship captain and has never been better. His performance is so lush I’ll be going back to see it a second time. Vicki Berlin is the responsible ship crew woman trying her darnedest to run a tight ship. Zlatko Buric is wonderful as the manure salesman and Donna De Leon plays a Parasite-like character for whom, at least at the outset, you can’t help but support.
Go see this film.