To the Wonder (2013; Rated Rated R)

To the Wonder

“ We should not be exiting a Terrence Malick movie with a shrug, but there it is.”

-Richard Roeper


To the Wonder

(2013; R)

In theaters:
Friday, 19 April 2013

Drama, Romance

Terrence Malick

Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem

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David Gouldsaid on Friday, September 20, 2013 6:13:41 PM
Harsh grade but fair review. Even a weak Malick film is 20x better than the average.

What is different? The story has a beginning but the middle isn't told well and the end is anti-climatic or made no sense to me.
The priest's role IS seemingly irrelevant.

You could skip his story and Jane's and the film might be considered an homage to Olga Kurylenko, or more likely, the person in Malick's life who Marina represents. I haven't seen a woman portrayed more beguilingly beautiful onscreen.

Amusingly, Affleck gets shot from the back of the head most of the time because his character becomes emotionless and disconnected. Pretty much anyone could have played that role.

Another interesting aspect of the film is that each character, for whom we hear their inner voice, speaks it in an different language.

James Carlilesaid on Sunday, April 28, 2013 12:06:06 AM
Hey Richard, just a question. I remember you gave The Tree of LIfe an A (I agree, though I would probably give it A+). Now, based purely on the clips shown in your review, this looks like it may as well be called "Tree of LIfe 2" haha. I was just wondering what is different about this movie that explains the huge drop in critical acclaim?

RIK FONTANAsaid on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:09:55 PM
Perfectly summarized Richard.... exactly how we felt.




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