TO THE WONDER

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
APRIL 17, 2013

Meditative and reflective, “To The Wonder” is an ethereal glimpse at the emotions of love as perceived by director Terence Malick. Not for everyone and described by one patron as “over two hours of leaves blowing in the wind,” Malick’s latest is much more down to earth than “The Tree Of Life” but still relies heavily on solid earthly ties like flowers and water. But seeing these images with the subtle scores and nuances brings all brands of emotions from those willing to invest, allowing for one of the most spiritual experiences one can have during a film, the same inflicted by “The Tree Of Life.”

Like a majority of Malick films, most of the actors could have been anyone. Ben Affleck and Javier Bardem are, for the most part, just stepping off points for the females around them. Olga Kurylenko captures the heart of the revolving emotions perfectly, presenting an almost childish perspective on the essence of love. Her dancing and spinning capture the joyful moments well, while her looks of sadness are nearly devastating to experience. With how little she is present, Rachel McAdams can also reflect some of the same reflections, making it that much harder to see her go.

As with most of Malick’s body of work, “To The Wonder” is not for everyone but is a much lighter experience than some of his previous films. For me, these films are a form of church, allowing for a deeper look into a body of emotions and myself.

RELEASE DATE
April 12, 2013

DIRECTOR
Terrence Malick

WRITTEN BY
Terrence Malick

STUDIO
Magnolia Pictures

R
(for some sexuality/nudity)

DRAMA
ROMANCE

112 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Emmanuel Lubezki

COMPOSER
Hanan Townshend

EDITOR
A. J. Edwards
Keith Fraase
Shane Hazen
Christopher Roldan
Mark Yoshikawa

CAST
Ben Affleck
Olga Kurylenko
Rachel McAdams
Javier Bardem
Romina Mondello
Charles Baker

PRODUCED BY
Sarah Green
Nicolas Gonda

Release Date
April 12, 2013
Director
Terrence Malick
Screenplay
Terrence Malick
Cinematography By
Emmanuel Lubezki
Distributed By
Magnolia Pictures
Budget
$2.7 million
Drama, Romance
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity
112 minutes

To The Wonder

Meditative and reflective, “To The Wonder” is an ethereal glimpse at the emotions of love as perceived by director Terence Malick. Not for everyone and described by one patron as “over two hours of leaves blowing in the wind”, Malick’s latest is much more down to earth than “The Tree Of Life”, but still relies heavily on strong earthly ties like flowers and water. But seeing these images with the subtle scores and delicate nuances brings all brands of emotions from those willing to invest, allowing for one of the most spiritual experiences one can have during a film, the same inflicted by “The Tree Of Life”.

Like a majority of Malick films, most of the actors could have been anyone. Ben Affleck and Javier Bardem are for the most part just stepping off points for the females around them. Olga Kurylenko captures the heart of the revolving emotions perfectly, presenting an almost childish perspective on the essence of love. Her dancing and spinning captures the lively moments well while her looks of sadness are almost devastating to experience. Also, with how little she is present, Rachel McAdams is also able to reflect some of the same reflections, making it that much harder to see her go.

As with most of Malick’s body of work, “To The Wonder” is definitely not for everyone but is a much lighter experience than some of his previous films. For me, these films are a form of church, allowing for a deeper look into not just a body of emotions, but into myself as well.

 

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