Uses imagery and narration simply to evoke emotion, as oppose to moving the plot forward. It's only plot point, occurring at the center of the film, has that much more of an impact because it's cushioned by almost nothing but photographic moments.
I love slow paced films but I couldn't wait for this one to be over. The acting and the dialogue were awful and I didn't care about the characters. Also, I completely disagree with the comment below. I think this film had a good idea behind it but it wasn't executed well at all.
It’s an odd thing that a filmmaker who made this piece of beautiful poetry went on to make critically panned misfires such as the Sitter and Your Highness. Going of this though, Green has a powerful, human style that understand childhood and the feelings that are buried in there, with malickian lyricism and beating bare heart. It’s about a great American hero, and the people he wants to save.
A very real story that perhaps feels familiar to too many people across the States. The only thing tangible thing on screen are the dilapidated remnants of dreams - of a future, of a present and even a past. What is lacking is a clearer sense of pace - the film could be edited 20 minutes shorter and it's simple story could be more vivid and captivating - currently it drags a bit too realistically.