No, Malick isn't much of a philosopher; the voice-over is no deeper than a stoned college student—it can get silly when Cate Blanchett is asking the sun questions—and his footage of contemporary civilization is as touristy as said college student's summer abroad. But as a collector of cosmic imagery, Malick can inspire true awe. At its best, this is Chris Marker's Planet Earth. At its worst, it numbs you to beauty.
[Porto/Post/Doc'17]#⌊2017's Film Summit⌋#^Within Blackness Interlinked^: 'On the Nature of Motherhood'> "Mother. You walked with me then. In the silence. Before there was a world. Before night or day. Alone in the stillness. When nothing was.*Orchestra warms up* |'Voyage of Time' Opening Credits| Mother, Where are You? Where have you gone? I fear. Am I not your child? Who are you? Life-giver. Might-bringer. " ▽
[Porto/Post/Doc'17] Getting to experience Voyage of Time is way more than a privilege. It's a breath of life, a breath of the purest air; it's like being born again. There's this sudden feeling of wishing the time would freeze in every single frame. There's just not enough time in the world to soak the beauty and complexity of Malick's oeuvre. His mind must be a wonderland.
Malick much like Villeneuve seem to get a lot of hate but they are both probably the two most interesting directors in mainstream cinema. This is almost a mix of elements of tree of life and a documentary, an interesting change after cups. Blanchett has a really unattractive voice so I didnt feel she matched this and I wish some of the frames were held longer.
With the leftovers from "The Tree of Life" (or does "The Tree of Life" use leftovers from this?), new breathtaking footage and Cate Blanchett's narration (I would love to just hear her read an entire phone book), Malick marvels me once again. It's hard to figure out what's real and what's VFX. Loved the juxtaposition of Earth's immaculate imagery with the very shaky, imperfect, somewhat-damaged footage of humans.
It lacks poetry. If he had done something more intense and smaller into his world cinema take on the universe: maybe if he had taken more time through each scene, if he had waited a little longer. Is it beautiful and breathtaking? Of course - it's suposed to be. But watched by old eyes, it's Blanchet speaking bad poetry above BBC images. You have done way better, Malick - this is careless aging.
Great cinematography, editing and sound that follows Tree of Life, when it comes to putting us humans in a cosmological scale, now with the Earth time as the reference. Again with a wondrous, emotional effect, beyond precise explanations. Using what usually is reserved for science. Here words do get in the way. Fortunately Cate Blanchet voice over's sickening melancholia does not contaminate the rest of the film.