To The Wonder ****


“To The Wonder” is the latest film by Terrence Malick. It comes on the heels of “Tree Of Life” which was released only two years ago. He has two more films lined up for the next two years as well. He directed a total of four films between 1973 and 2011. Why is he suddenly working so much? Only Malick can answer that.

His films cannot be reviewed in the traditional sense because they really do not have a narrative. His films exist as a series of moments. Each one is a piece of each the different character’s existence. Every scene is almost like a dream. They don’t so much seem connected together by editors by painfully put together like the flow of life. Each action and emotion spreads to the next. Every memory haunts future events.

There is one shot in this movie that will stay with me for a very long time. Two of the characters find themselves surrounded by Buffalo. As far as I could tell, no special effects were used in the scene. The characters just look in awe as they are surrounded by these majestic beasts.

“To The Wonder” stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Olga Kurylenko. Each gives a tender and heartbreaking performance. Each is given a piece of a life to display.

This review has seemed sporadic and emotional but it is only because my thoughts on any Malick film really only make sense in my head. His films take me to places that no other modern films do. “To The Wonder” fully engrossed me in it’s story of love and loss. Need I say more?


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