Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Trailer for To The Wonder

This is the trailer for Terrence Malick's most recent film, To The Wonder, which premiered last fall at the Venice Film Festival to mixed reviews. People either didn't get it, or loved it.

 Basically, a man from Oklahoma-Ben Affleck-falls in love at various points with a 'French' lady, played by Olga Kurylenko of James Bond fame, and Rachel McAdams from The Notebook. It's great to see her act well in a film that's about authentic love. Javier Bardem plays a priest with spiritual struggles reminiscent of those in Diary of a Country Priest. In fact, Roger Ebert in his last review compares this to a Robert Bresson film (director of the film version of the aforementioned novel), which is high praise. Malick is that good. Malick is reserved about declaring his religious beliefs, but I wish Catholic filmmakers would follow in his footsteps. Don't aim to copycat, but learn from what he does well, and utilize it in your own way. Appealing to the emotions rather than the intelligence (in order to stir your rational abilities) to modify a phrase from the great critic Bazin, is what made Diary of a Country Priest so wonderful, and that is still the case here.

I also would like to see his films The Thin Red Line and The Tree of Life. Knocking out Malick would then allow me to move on to the Dardenne brothers, who also make terrifically spiritual and insightful movies, or so I've heard.

Anyways, enjoy.

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