If someone were to ask me who my favorite director was, I would be hard pressed to come up with a top five (I’m not good with lists, although this is giving me an idea)… but one name would never waver from the top, Terrence Malick. Stating my love for Malick’s films usually returns three different reactions; confusion due to not knowing who he is, a groan from those who find his films dull and overwrought with narration and scenes of nature, or a simple knowing smile and understanding. For those of us who consider ourselves fans, his work stands above most others, and defending this love is akin to defending the idea of love itself. It’s not a thing… it’s an emotion… a feeling… a knowledge that comes from our shared humanity and the desire to commune with one another in a way that could never be put to words or a simple image. For me… this is a Terrence Malick film.
To the Wonder is Malick’s latest film in what has been his most prolific period to date. Considering that the man made two films in the 70’s, Badlands and Days of Heaven, then waited twenty years before releasing The Thin Red Line, his current output has been staggering. Although each of his films have been met with mixed reviews, as was To the Wonder at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, I have always found something gorgeous and rewarding with each entry into this man’s filmography.
Today, the first trailer has been released for To the Wonder… and, as I would expect, it is stunningly beautiful and bursting with emotion as Javier Bardem pontificates on the nature of love, interspersed with scenes of nature, and surprisingly, a number of actual people we recognize… Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, and naturally, Bardem. I read the brief plot summery on IMDB, and frankly, I don’t care what it says… I don’t feel a summery, but I will feel this film… and personally, I can’t wait to submit myself to whatever Mr. Malick deems worthy to bring to the screen.
I hope you enjoy the trailer…
Look… wheat and trees,
Cornelius J. Blahg