To the Wonder (2012) / romance, drama
Directed and Written by Terrence Malick
Produced by Nicolas Gonda and Sarah Green
Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem, Tatiana Chiline, Charles Baker, Romina Mondello
Even beautiful images get irritating!
Neil (Ben Affleck) is an American traveling in Europe who in Paris meets and falls in love with Marina (Olga Kurylenko), a Ukrainian divorcée who is living with her 10-year-old daughter Tatiana (Tatiana Chiline). Neil invites them to his native Oklahoma, fairytale romance continues but also ends. For now?
I'm open to differnet and artistic approaches but beautiful images and whispers are not enough for a good film (too much beauty, zero content). Cinematography has already been seen before and it actually gets annoying. Marina is dancing all the time, Neil hardly speaks a word. Love seems so superficial, one-dimensional, stereotypical and without a deep emotions and connections. The religious undertone is even worse. I don't mind putting puzzles together (there are no dialogues) but when I get blank final image I'm not happy. Pretentious and dull! 2/5