The Guardian, in February this year reviewed Terrence Malick’s latest film To The Wonder. Like his earlier The Tree of Life it get’s mixed reviews (a lot of reviewers strongly dislike it). I really appreciated The Tree of Life (see here), and so I’m looking forward to seeing To the Wonder, as much for it’s style – the way Malick structures his films; the way they work – as for it’s content, and for the ways it explores some universal human themes.
Here’s how The Guardian reviewer closed his review.
“…The absence of God and the presence of love are the two poles of this created world; a world perceived in a trance or delirium, and in which the problem of God gives an inexpressibly painful kind of meaning to the immediate, agonised problem of finding a complete knowledge of another human being. Both Paris and the mid-American heartland look like something from another planet, something witnessed, in delirious detail, under the influence of a powerful drug. There is a rich excess in this movie, and the sensual profusion is not completely absorbed into its texture. Yet only a film-maker as intelligent and idealistic as Malick could have created this kind of surplus value…”