Nymphomaniac: Volume 2 (2014)
Nymphomaniac: Volume 2
★ ★ ★ 1/2 out of 5
Directed by Lars Von Trier
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe
Stellan Skarsgård as Seligman
Shia LaBoeuf as Jerôme
Joe continues to recount her stories of her life, how her aging hurt her sex life, and how she ended up in the alleyway, beaten.
After really enjoying Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 despite a few little flaws, my expectations went through the roof for Volume 2, which might be why I think the film series went from “excellent” to a “ah, I guess that was OK.” The second half of the series takes a much darker turn, and shows the downfall of Joe, how her addiction pulled her life apart, and how it ultimately took her to very dark places. This film goes through Joe’s aging, the birth of her child, the loss of her husband and child, her turn to S&M to try and get her to enjoy sex once more, and eventually her new, crazy job. What really makes the film disappointing is the sudden loss of energy that it has. It seems like while Volume 1 is fast paced, and keeps you on your toes, Volume 2 suddenly feels devoid of all the life and energy the first had. I understand it’s trying to be more depressing, but that doesn’t mean it has to lose the atmosphere that the first had. Also, they definitely could have done the transition from Young Joe into middle aged Joe a lot better, because it felt like all of a sudden Joe aged 20 years although everyone around her stayed the same age. Then of course the ending just made me say “What the fuck.” It came out of nowhere and didn’t really suit the tone of the ending. Really, just all together, this movie was very underwhelming compared to the first. I still think it was decent, but an enormous step down from Volume 1.