Triangle of Sadness: Your Next Fun Watch?

Triangle of Sadness received a Rotten Tomatoes score of 71%. Licensed as a promotional poster.

Triangle of Sadness received a Rotten Tomatoes score of 71%. Licensed as a promotional poster.

Are you looking for a new fun watch? Something fun, and perhaps magical? A movie that puts a smile on your face in these dark times? Well, then, the award-winning Triangle of Sadness is not the movie for you. 

My first interpretation of this movie was that it’s awful. I walked away from this atrocity of a movie thinking, “Wow, I just wasted about two and a half hours of my life on that.” But upon further reflection, I came to the realization that Triangle of Sadness was actually one of the most thought-provoking movies I’ve ever seen. 

Triangle of Sadness, directed by Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund, is a witty, dark movie about the desperation and evil that lives in all of us. Due to its eclecticism, the movie makes for a great discussion. It can spark important conversations about race, economic disparities and our current society.

This story follows the snobby main characters Carl and Yaya. The two of them are young, wealthy and extremely dislikeable. Their unconventional relationship and awkward tension create multiple cringe-worthy scenes. 

 One thing that stands out about this movie is its exceptional cinematography and its stellar cast. The movie features Woody Harrelson from The Hunger Games. It also includes lead actress Charlbi Dean, who died suddenly two weeks before the release of Triangle of Sadness from bacterial sepsis. Östlund says to NPR, “It was a tragedy, first of all, for her family and her fiance, Luke. But it was also, of course, very sad for the people that were working with the production. And I hope there’s a way of, like, trying to make the audience look at her performance and try to pay tribute to her performance.” 

Some scenes are simply grotesque, including a scene of excessive throwing up that lasts about two minutes. I had to look away from my television for not to throw up myself. This is a good metaphor for what Triangle of Sadness represents. People are scared to ingest media that isn’t just sunshine and rainbows, and this movie certainly strays from the norm. 

Triangle of Sadness is, simply put, the most thought-provoking movie I’ve ever seen. Throughout the two-and-a-half-hour runtime, I found myself reaching for the remote to turn it off many times, but in the end, this movie will linger with me for a very long time, and that is what makes a powerful experience. 

So, I’ve changed my opinion on Triangle of Sadness, as it really has grown on me. And although I would never recommend it to anyone sane, I still believe that it sparks such rich conversation and has such important things to say that it’s worth two-and-a-half hours of your life.