Excerpt: Con questo To the wonder Malick sembra rendere ancor più radicale il suo sperimentalismo narrativo, eliminando qualsiasi traccia di racconto tradizionale e anche i dialoghi tra i personaggi, affidandosi interamente alle loro voci, in un continuo alternarsi di ricordi e sensazioni.
Excerpt: Terence Malick’s newest meditative bauble is a troubled love story (featuring a nearly silent Ben Affleck) seen through a glass darkly; his inability to achieve a customary grandeur makes it comes across as less masterly than foolish.
Excerpt: Considering that his last three films were an elliptical war epic, a retelling of one of the founding stories of America and a millennia-spanning chronicle of the warring halves of the human soul, it’s hard not to view Terrence Malick’s latest film (his sixth in a career moving comfortably into its fifth decade) as a little slight be comparison. After all, how can the problems of two people amount to more than a hill of beans when placed against the stunning grandeur of the infinite?
Excerpt: To the Wonder is a concluding chapter to Malick’s grand foray through American history, which has already encompassed its birth, its intermediate schism of industry and rural existence, its elevation in WWII to superpower in existential crisis, the false security of the 1950s, and now finally, the present, still stricken through with the same fault lines of its birth.
Excerpt: To the Wonder is simultaneously the most slippery and straightforward of Malick’s features, for while the director’s rhapsodic approach has never been applied more thickly, it has never felt more appropriate.