More than meets the eye.
Director Lars Von Trier’s in-your-face style usually translates into a very impactful film that affects you deeply on first viewing, no explanation needed. This time you need to dig deeper and do your own research to appreciate the extra layer of story that is presented here.
The House that Jack Built follows a serial killer (Matt Dillon), documenting his exploits from his own perspective. A similar concept to the series Dexter, but far darker.
The cryptic ending is quite alienating if you don’t understand the metaphors being used. Luckily there is a really good explanatory YouTube video, which I highly recommend watching afterwards. It helps you to understand the probable meaning on a much deeper level.
All things considered, this was well executed with good acting – what you would expect from Von Trier. There are even some unexpected witty moments which give good contrast. Looking at it purely on entertainment value and rewatchability, I would have preferred to have more intrigue and excitement. It is dull in parts, which affects my score overall.
The House That Jack Built premieres in Sweden on 15 March.