3.5 stars. There were moments watching this where I thought it was one of the greatest films I'd ever seen and moments in which I thought it was one of the most interminable and worst. Still, I felt like all of those who up and walked out of the cinema were being very ungenerous to a very generous film. It has a lot to offer in its bearlike clumsiness. One could do a good paper relating its ideas to those of A.N.T.
Post-hiatus Malick is dialectics of the heart, internal struggle for a Truth concealed by our own complexity. One cannot reason their way into or out of such a film—it is the amassment of raw experience, monolithic and unknowable; the situating of the self in a cosmic sense (isn't this all we do?); a Proustian moment of peace, quietly ecstatic, briefly aware.
**1/2. Religious movie about Grace or the search for God in Nature. From the Big Bang (No Eden, just Dinosaurs) to the End of Time. In the middle, a family. Texas, in the 60's. 'Days of Heaven' deserved the Palme d'Or. This one, clearly not. Already forgotten,I'm afraid.
Went to a small cinema in Belgrade to watch this, smoked a lot of skunk weed right before. Bad idea - when the space scenes started it hit me so hard I was afraid the planets will collide and almost puked. I hid my head in my jacket and somehow got through it half baked, half-asleep. I'm not sure how many stars to put :) I think I should watch it properly again :)
Moved me more than any other film when I first saw it and still has the same effect now. There's so much that can be said about it, it's difficult to begin somewhere. The fact that Malick is tackling these big questions at all makes him a great artist, whether you view him as didactic or not. Regardless, one of the most beautiful, compassionate, empathetic films ever made.
I don't think it's striving to make a profound statement, just a personal one. What we have is Malick wandering through scenes of his own childhood. A first person reflection, like Tarkovsky's Mirror , where the loss of his two brothers & his own physical & spiritual disconnection from past & present propels the whole thing. Malick finds a new cinematic language in the combination of sound & image. A miraculous work.
Malick’s most controversial work, despised by some and worshipped by others. I’m clearly the latter. Beyond the most intoxicating cinematography of all time lies a profound story of fatherhood, childhood, spirituality, evolution and the connection to the universe. The film I imagine myself watching on my death bed.