A two hour perfume ad. A wide angle manifesto. Blindingly white. It's like ten issues of Architectural Digest, animated. Experience the deep existential sorrow of rich dudes and gals with infinity pools! Listen to Patti Smith! Beware of the music biz: it is a corrupting force! No, really. Go back to a simpler life! Lie down among the crops! Get some dirt under your fingernails! Mud! Mud is good for you.
"Song to Song" tasks viewers with spending two hours roiling in a storm of some of the most extreme human emotions - jealousy, lust, loneliness, and despair. With Rooney Mara as his forlorn muse, Terrence Malick expertly hones in on just how existentially terrifying it is that we can move through life being hurt and loved by others, hurting and loving in return, and still never know if we've made the right choice.
And after an annoying movie experience ('Knight of Cups' was just OK), I finally understood and clicked with Malick's work. This never feels disjunted. It's a different piece of art. The editing is excellent and tells a realistic story about falling in love. Expensive locations that include lots of hotels. Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and the two powerhouses Gosling and Fassbender bring elegance to the game.
[(3x) Cat Power-like] ♫ My oh my. A song to say goodbye.♫/"Days of Heaven" to "Dance We, Hon?" Malick: from Renoir reincarnate to keen birdwatcher. Quarterback to elusive dancer. Most sought-after Hollywood director to hermit scholar. Beloved to sneered at. Saint-Saëns to Die Antwoord. In an era of vines, Insta directs & FB/YT's live feeds this man choses to go out of his way to paint the hardships of modern love. ▽
Well... You can't really blame Faye for sleeping around with both guys, can you?! Malick is a visual poet and he continues to do his magic in "Song to Song": a story about embracing and escaping this complex concept of love (lust?) while simultaneously trying to discover yourself. Hunter and Portman craved more screen time, while Likke Li and Blanchett were absolute divas. Lyrical and enchanted this film <3
Malick try's so hard to intensify love, that he forgot to creat something you can relate with love. For start, he steals all the soul from the cast, except Natalie Portman, who's great, and whitout personas, love (this movie) is fucking flat. Cinematography is great, and the soundtrack suits every single frame. However, the diferent cameras to represent diferent moods, whitout character construction is redundant.
Far from being the seamless work of art that was KNIGHT OF CUPS, in a pictorial sense and montage-wise, SONG TO SONG nonetheless does have more lightning-strike profundities. I was repeatedly cold-cocked as I stared into this mirror of a movie. Rooney Mara is basically the ultimate human analogue for the dark mystery at the heart of my world. Not only a matter of profundity. Occasionally it is utterly bone-chilling.
Malick moves away from his ongoing series of films on finding transcendence be it through nature, philosophy or the deep understanding of self and gives us a film that seems to be about very little indeed. Having said that the film is full of beauty, wonderful moments and never boring...just empty. The cast make the best of it but it's telling that it took 2 years from shooting to screen to edit this into some form.