Love him or hate him Terrence Malick is definitely unique.
His style and his vision make him one of the most unique, yet polarizing directors working today. Although he is critically acclaimed and is one of the most sought after directors by the most talented actors, he is sometimes mocked by mainstream audiences for being pretentious, too-artsy and self indulgent.
A case can be made for those arguments, his films aren’t traditional storytelling. I’ve even made the case in the past that his works can be considered works of interpretive art, since many times they defy conventional comprehension. But for my money I think he is one of the most fascinating and talented directors working today and I’d pretty much watch anything he’d direct. His latest film TO THE WONDER looks like the standard Malick film, with beautiful and stunning visuals, poetic narration and minimal dialogue.
In other words expect more polarity.
TO THE WONDER stars Ben AFfleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem. The film is directed by Terrence Malick. The film debuted at the 2012 Venice Film Festival . But no theatrical release date has been set yet for April 2013.
TO THE WONDER tells the story of Marina (Kurylenko) and Neil (Affleck), who meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together, where problems soon arise. While Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, Neil renews a relationship with a childhood sweetheart, Jane (McAdams). Bold and lyrical, the film is a moving, gorgeously shot exploration of love in its many forms. Written and directed by Terrence Malick.