Dir. Terrence Malick
D.P. Emmanuel Lubezki
Romantic Drama (R), Magnolia Pictures
|Poster for To The Wonder (Magnolia Pictures)|
About the film (from Magnolia Pictures):
"To The Wonder is a romantic drama about men and women grappling with love and its many phases and seasons - passion, sympathy, obligation, sorrow and indecision - and the way these forces merge together and apart, transforming, destroying and reinventing the lives they touch. Starring Ben Afleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, this deeply moving visual film intermingles love, nature and spirit. 'All things work together for the good.'"
What an amazingly tender piece of film art. Viewers of Malick's work are usually polar opposites, some love him, some hate him. I happen to love him. If you're looking for a typical romantic drama, with a typical plot then this film might frustrate you. But if you enjoy beautifully inspired cinematography, elliptical editing and contemplative meditations on life, love and existentialism then this film will delight. Is this Malick's best film? No, but it's a great addition to this auteur's catalog. In many ways To The Wonder feels like an addition or continuation of the world created in TheTree of Life (Malick's previous film) but more focused on love and the lack thereof... The story is loosely based on Malick's own life which is a pleasant reward because he has been rather elusive as a filmmaker and never gives interviews.