To The Wonder - Review

Terrence Malick's To the Wonder is the work of a director who now views himself as a holy poet of cinema. The film's style is ethereal and incantatory, with a soundtrack woven out of whispers and classical music; if anything, it makes Malick's The Tree of Life look like a Noël Coward play. Ben Affleck, with barely a line to speak (he's used for his chiseled masculine presence), plays a man overseeing the construction of a Southwestern suburb as remote as a moon colony. He's fallen for a single mother from Paris (Olga Kurylenko), and Malick features the two of them in a dartingly inquisitive handheld-camera pas de deux. On holiday, they travel and wander and caress and love. The first part of the film is like a moody existential Hallmark card. READ MORE...

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