Abstractions on abstractions. Malick is best at his most specific, worst at his most general. The specific (eg, a Sonic infused with the majesty of the cosmos) is far outweighed by the general. Love is two pretty people wrestling on a train. A crisis of faith is encountering poor people. A breakup is yelling in public and throwing things. Particularly insulting in its non-interest in the specifics of a contamination.
Well, it's really a mess, isn't it. The first 40mins are fantastic though. Shame about the rest.
It seems if this film was made conventionally it would be attacked for being melodramatic and overwrought. The way it is made makes it noteworthy and a thing of beauty even if it comes off more as a tone poem in the end. Surprsingly i enjoyed this film more then expected, Though i can see why others might not
pithy review: i wonder how i stayed awake.......
Underneath the Banana Republic fashion film aesthetic, TO THE WONDER is the closest Terrence Malick has ever gotten to creating a pure religious experience.
the film is an apotheosis of love. because happiness is cyclically ephemeral and change is imminent, love must exist as an abstraction, independent of specific instances.
12 minutes in and was wondering when it was going to stop looking like a trailer.
Beautiful imagery, but not enough to sustain interest for the whole film. The Thin Red Line is still my favourite Malick.
As a diehard Terrence Malick fan I have to admit this sucked. Thank God I had that "Ignore" button installed last week and now I can never speak of this again. Just like my herpes.
Wait what? No. I don't have herpes.
More glop in the TREE OF LIFEstyle. As usual, the visual splendor can't outweigh the trite poetic whisperings and near-total lack of drama, tension, character...
Si molto bello, poetico, non stanca mai. molto bravo Malick e gli attori bé su Ben Affleck non c'é niente da dire, già si sa quanto la sua presenza trasmette. ottima anche Olga Kurylenko, cosi diversa da Oblivion e Quantum of Solace; poi mi piace anche Rachel McAdams. La fotografia é sensazionale, l'immagine di Versailles con le nuvole riflesse sull'acqua é magnifica - bella la scena dei bufali.
It is almost sure: TO THE WONDER is my film of the year.
Hey Terrence, waayy too much fucking around and running away in fields. This isn't terrible in the sense that it's a Malick movie, but, God, please put some substance in your next one.
someone should tell Malick this is not a movie
Stopped watching at 30min mark. snoooooozefest. If this continues, Tree of Life may be my last Malick film.
unbearable, I just wanted this film to end
Definitely one of the finest films Malick ever made. The world is lightyears away from really understanding what precious gifts Malick gave us with his four last films.