Terrence Malick goes full on Terrence Malick in new To The Wonder trailer
Terrence Malick's sudden prolific period has officially begun, heralded by the trailer for his new film, To The Wonder. Anyone hoping that the mysterious auteur would suddenly begin making films about scrappy inner city teens trying to save their community center through the power of dance will be sorely disappointed, to say the least.
In fact, judging from this trailer, To The Wonder looks to be Malick's most, uh, Malick film to date. All the trademarks are there: sweeping vistas, wheat, classical music, people staring plaintively into the distance, wheat, voiceover narration (courtesy of Javier Bardem this time around), and of course, wheat.
Thus far, the response towards To The Wonder has been divisive at best: the film received as many plaudits as it did jeers during its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and generated controversy over reports of the film's jarring lack of dialogue, and the number of big names Malick edited out of the film (including Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain, Michael Sheen, Amanda Pitt, and Barry Pepper) Of course, last year's Tree of Life wasn't exactly a consensus favorite either, and the above list of omitted actors pales in comparison to the number of Hollywood's leading men who didn't make the final cut of Malick's adaptation of The Thin Red Line.
For now, we'll remain impartial, and choose instead to stare at the field of wheat just outside our office while thinking complex thoughts about how life is precious and God and the Bible.
|To the Wonder Trailer (Terrence Malick - 2013)|