Terrence Malick's new film "To the Wonder" at the first screening in Venice
|Terrence Malick Greatest Flop|
Let me underline that we consider Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" one of the greatest masterpieces of Art of the last 20 years. And both "The Thin Red Line" and "The New World" were remarkable films.
We loved Malick's poetic, intense and poignant narration style in those
3 films, and even more the stunning coupling between the visual and
the soundtrack music.
We think that Terrence Malick created a brand new form of Art with
those 3 films, going well beyond the boundaries of what, in the Film
Industry, usually is just entertainment.
"To the Wonder" seems just an endless series of 3 seconds idiotic shots attached togethed, without a storyline, without even a resemblance of attitude.
There are even some scenes shot in a supermarket, and one in a drive-through
About the Actors
The male protagonist - Ben Affleck - acts as a complete idiot, always with the same idiotic grin stamped on his meaningless face. The only things that he says in the whole movie is one word: "sorry". Most of the film is just voice-over - almost no dialogue. Absolute nothingness, complete void.
Terrence Malick remarked that "To The Wonder" is a film about
There is no love between Man and Woman. But this was true also in
"The Tree of Life". There was no love by Mr. O'Brien (Brad
Pitt) towards Mrs. O'Brien (Jessica Chastain). Nor there was love by
Mrs. O'Brien towards Mr. O'Brien.The only love there was in "The
Tree of Life" was from the mother (Jessica Chastain) towards her
The Apex of Ridicule
But the apex of idiocy and ridicule in his yearn for a "God"
was reached by Malick when he put in the mouth of the poor Javier Bardem
such nonsense sentences as "Christ of the left, Christ of the right,
Christ above, Christ below".
And this is supposed to be a work by one of the best Film-makers in
Frankly, I had to admit I had to "boo" very loudly at the
end of the screening.
Very few of the audience dared to applaude, and I ask myself:
We cannot help, but ask ourselves:
What happened to Terrence Malick?
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