He knows how to pick the prettiest postcard on the rack, just isn’t sure what to write on it.
Terrence Malick’s companion piece to “Tree of Life”, structured and in the much the same way as this, is a visually strong and breathtaking beautiful movie – like the 2011 film – that will have film enthusiasts barking over the brilliance of film over digital. It’s lavish sunsets and sunrises, lingering shots of buffalo in the terrain, running in the fields, and pressing skin are captured as only Malick knows how.
You can’t take your eyes away from the screen… which is probably a good thing, considering the words and action that accompany the pretty pictures don’t do much for the film as a whole.
While “Tree of Life” encompassed an over ambitious (way over ambitious) tale, the one in “To the Wonder” is so lightweight and unengaging that it’s a wonder Malick thought it deserved telling — let alone attracted such fine actors to help do the telling.
The film, set in the obviously picturesque, stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams as star crossed lovers – though with most of the film occupied with the emotions and evolving relationship of Affleck and Kurylenko – who float about for a couple of hours, weaving in and out of different moods (not conveyed with words so much as expressions — there’s hardly any words in the picture) and in and out of each other’s lives.
The film’s a bit like the wankiest of Opera’s – atmospheric, gorgeous to look at, the music very stirring, and the performers giving it their all. But like even the best opera, many will walk away scratching their heads, confused as to what they’ve just witnessed while at the same time bewildered by how impactful simply music and pictures can be.
An outsider, particularly those looking for a gripping, straightforward narrative or something that resembles more a film and not an exhibition at the local photographers club, might want to see what else is playing before swapping green for stubs on “To the Wonder”.
This has been another Kodak moment.
DVD : Less extras on the disc than there is dialogue in the film, but the brief featurette and interview with Kurylenko is still worthwhile.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.