‘To the Wonder’ Trailer: A Love Story by Terrence Malick

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 11th, 2014 at 9:29 am,

Terrence Malick fans should be pleased to learn that the (notoriously) meticulous and slow-working auteur has made another movie, bearing the simple title of To the Wonder. It opens two years after he unveiled the Best Picture-nominee The Tree of Life, which is his fifth film released (after forty years of making cinema).

To the Wonder stars Ben Affleck, who is fresh off winning the Best Picture Oscar for his starring and directing effort Argo. He plays Neil, a man struggling to reconcile his affections for two different women: Marina (Olga Kurylenko), who left Europe to begin a new life with him in the States, and Jane (Rachel McAdams), his childhood sweetheart, whom Neil reconnects with after returning to Oklahoma.

Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (Skyfall) costars as a priest encountering difficulties with his own life, who befriends Marina when problems arise in her relationship with Neil. However, the characters and their issues are of secondary concern to Malick’s camera, as you probably noticed after watching the latest trailer.

If that preview wasn’t artsy enough for your tastes, check out the poster (via EW):


to the wonder poster 570x844 To the Wonder Trailer: A Love Story by Terrence Malick

Malick’s treatise on love in its many forms is as gorgeous as every other film he’s made thus far, courtesy of the poetic compositions the director devised with Tree of Life cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (who worked with Alfonso Cuarón to devise the elaborate tracking shots in Children of Men and this October’s Gravity). It’s also glaringly obvious that anyone who felt that Malick’s previous movies were too dreamy and abstract for their own good are not going to change their stance, based on To the Wonder.

Bearing that in mind: if you are an unabashed fan of Malick’s oeuvre – or just want to stare at beautiful landscape images for two hours (with mostly-wordless human drama tying it all together) – then you ought to consider giving this one a look.


To the Wonder begins a limited theatrical release on April 12th, 2013.

Source: ET

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  1. Really excited for this movie.
    Love me some Terrence malick.

  2. Just like with almost every other Malick film I predict there will be those who love this film or hate it. There won’t be many viewers who are in the middle.
    Personally I tend to fall into the love catagory with The Thin Red Line being my favorite of his films. But I don’t fault those who feel otherwise. I usually hate the phrase “not for everyone” but with Malick it’s understandable.

    • I love the thin read line, but its the only film of his ive seen. Any reccomendations?

      • There’s not much to choose from because he’s only directed 6 features including To The Wonder but The Tree of Life, Days of Heaven and Badlands are worth seeing IMO.
        The only film he’s made that I didn’t care for is The New World but it’s similar to his other work so you may like it.

      • Dude go see days of heaven and badlands right now
        If you like those movies maybe you can handle The tree of life, his masterpiece

        • I love the New World. Looking forward to this. Thin Red Line is also my favorite.

  3. I’ve gotta start watching some of Malick’s earlier films. SO far all i’ve seen is “Tree of Life”. It was like watching poetry on screen. Which is not necessarily a good thing; when was the last time you sat through a 2hr poem. Anyway, i respect the guy for his vision, but i’m not to entertained by his product.

    Like i said, i’ve gotta see his earlier work because it looks like he built up to “Tree of Life”. And i am willing to give this a try pending reviews.

    • oh, i’ve also seen “The New World”

      it was ok, but also a little slow and couldve used more emotional range from the actors (that may have been a script problem for me)