You've gone through some decades of life (the good years?), but it's been one misstep after another. You and those you've touched all seem worse off for having been in the world so long. You're ashamed at having failed others in so many ways, always hoping for something and always being disappointed. But you hold fast to the thought that you know now, enough anyway to start again, to do it right this time—the best...
Felt like an answer without a question. Transcendence works best when there is ground to soar from and this film was all sky. It is the Malick work with the least to hold onto. Yet, a Malick film is better than any average Hollywood fare, so three stars seems too low, but still appropriate. Gosling's tunes, though snippets, were the best of the lot.
A good attempt by Malick to illustrate the derailment of a love connection but leaves too much to be desired in the way of cultural commentary as it meanders its way around an uninteresting gentrified sxsw austin setting. It doesnt keep austin weird enough to do the music scene thing justice and as a result the characters are just there and dont even feel like part of it.
Malick is not focused on creating drama through a cumulative plot, but rather through an arrangement of experiences revealed to us through characters attempting to understand life, love, righteousness, and more in the contemporary world. Malick captures character disposition through landscape, using distances and spacing to create feeling, and character movement within those backdrops to construct emotion. Masterful.
Terrence Malick's poetic take on the Red Shoes-like artist narrative may not be for all, but for those willing to secede from conventional and stock storytelling, one may be greatly delighted by the risks Malick takes here. Song to Song is another masterpiece by one of America's greatest filmmakers.