‘To the Wonder’ Trailer: Terrence Malick Explores the Mysteries of Love

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That Terrence Malick makes handsome films overflowing with poetic imagery and cinematography, is one thing that everyone agrees on; it’s the content that divides cinephiles. Reactions to Malick projects like The Thin Red Line, The New World and Tree of Life illustrate that divide, as does festival buzz for his next picture, To the Wonder.

To the Wonder is the sixth feature-length film written and directed by Malick over the past four decades; that it’s arriving two years after Tree of Life is astonishing, given the auteur’s tendencies. No surprise, it features a small cast of familiar faces and acting heavyweights, which includes Ben Affleck (Argo), Rachel McAdams (The Vow), Olga Kurylenko (Magic City) and Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (Skyfall).

Malick’s new film (unlike Tree of Life) is a relatively straight-forward and linear tale about a man and woman from opposite sides of the pond (Affleck and Kurylenko) who meet in France and move to Oklahoma, to start a life together. There, Affleck reconnects with his childhood sweetheart (McAdams) and Kurylenko bonds with a fellow immigrant (Bardem): a priest who “is struggling with his vocation.” Needless to say, complications arise as a result.

To the Wonder boasts expressive camerawork and composition, as illustrated by the newly-unveiled international trailer. However, here the characters feels almost secondary to the expansive landscape shots, painterly sunlight visuals and dancing camera. That’s not simply due to how the trailer is edited (apparently).

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Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams in ‘To the Wonder’

According to some (negative) reviews from journalists and critics who’ve caught Malick’s film on the festival circuit (via Rotten Tomatoes), To the Wonder almost feels more like a nature documentary – with a story about the complications of the human heart going on in the background. Others are far more taken with Malick’s approach; however, they too admit the narrative unfolds in a minimalistic fashion, where dramatic plot developments can hinge around a single line of dialogue.

In other words: those who aren’t fans of Malick’s past creations, there’s not much reason to expect To the Wonder to change your mind. Nonetheless, this seems like a title hard-core moviegoers might want to keep an eye out for, if only so they can see it and join the ongoing discussion about the director’s oeuvre.

IMDb lists To the Wonder for a U.S. theatrical release on April 12th, 2013, but that date is reported to be no longer accurate. We will let you know when a new date has been settled on.

Source: The Film Stage

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  1. When I heard Malick had another movie coming out so soon after The Tree of Life I was shocked because the guy never moves this fast. But after I watched this trailer I realize why To The Wonder arrived so quickly…
    It seems like the same movie.
    Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Tree of Life and Malick’s other films but every movie since The Thin Red Line has been exactly the same thing…

    • Agreed. I liked the Tree of Life, it was unique and interesting, but I’m seeing the exact same thing here. The shots of nature, characters wandering around aimlessly as the camera floats around them, people silently interacting with each other. Malick’s style doesn’t seem very unique anymore.

  2. Rachel McAdams is in it. That’s all that matters.

  3. Geesh, I think I teared up while watching that trailer.

  4. I really liked the background score…

  5. Malick usually has beautiful cinematography, and is worth seeing for that.

  6. Terrence malick never ceases to amaze me with his poetry. I understand some people don’t enjoy his work or maybe is just a few of his projects but if you invest in each of his films the feeling that you can unlock with in yourself is amazing. Maybe the stories arent so in depth as the movies these days but I don’t believe it’s the story always but how the story is told, through whoevers eyes, and I love the eye he has. His movies are a true experience.

    • Prior to reading your comment I felt like this was another love story gone wrong with an affair movie, which always seems to be the case in Hollywood, but after reading “how the story is told” my interet pickk up.

      So thank you for stating your opinion, it enlightened my point of view and I am now considering this film.

  7. It’s always a treat to watch one of Malick’s movies. A visual feast and very inspirational.

    I LOVE his style and LOVE what him and Lubezki are doing together. This almost feels like a Tree of Life sequel, and I welcome it.

  8. Another attractive, talented cast, more STUNNING visuals and no doubt meandering and introspective à la Tree of Life. I’m bored already.

  9. Now this is a film, not that s***** Bstman movie.

    Superhero fans won’t understand art

    • Thanks for putting us in a box, dude.

      • A glass box of emotions

  10. As a story person, Terrence Malick flims never quite got a hold of me, but there is no denying that the imagery is absolutely gripping, and this looks to be more of the same. It’ll be a DVD (or more likely an Amazon download, these days, lol) for me, but I’m certain it will be an enjoyable one.