I resisted watching this film because the trailer made the movie seem depressing. But several friends assured me it wasn't. They were right in a way. It's a plaintive, mostly dark delve into the theme of malevolent bullying, so it's not an easy film to watch, but brilliant cinematography and acting made it worthwhile for me. The actors—Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and especially Kodi Smit-McPhee—playing the four main characters should all be nominated for Oscars, as should Jane Campion for directing. Oh, and to get the ending, you may have to see it twice, or look up some commentary about it. I just let it resonate as it haunted me for days after seeing it. Still does.