A luxury cruise full of rich passengers takes a catastrophic turn in the divisive, 2022 Palme d’Or winner, Triangle of Sadness.
Spewing with sharp dialogue and bodily fluids, Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness is a riotous rollercoaster of a film experience. This biting satire is a takedown of the wealthy upper class jam packed with shocking moments that may not be for the faint of heart. Triangle of Sadness boldly goes in some interesting directions that got several gasps and screaming laughter out of this jaded viewer.
Although the clever writing, captivating cinematography, and cast of colorful characters are enough to keep you engaged in the narrative, the pacing threw me off.
The film is divided into three distinctive acts. The first act is a promising prologue about our protagonists and their ideals of money. It is a perfect preparation for the second act, an explosive (pun intended…in more ways than one) voyage with a ludicrously lavish group of guests and the hardworking crew. The juxtaposition and tension between class and status is very in your face during this act, however, it remains the most memorable due to its absurdity.
However, the final act — which should be the pièce de résistance — lags a LOT. It is overstuffed with redundancies, ending on a very pregnant cliffhanger that left me sort of disappointed. But hey, it remains up for your interpretation, so happy to discuss with you if you’ve seen it.
Triangle of Sadness may be a rocky ride for some (especially those who cannot handle excessive vomit), but in my opinion, this is one shamelessly satisfying ship worth setting sail on.