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To the Wonder

by Kevin Taft
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Wednesday Aug 21, 2013
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Terence Malick’s "To the Wonder," his latest poetic epic, stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko ("Oblivion"), Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem in a story about a relationship that goes differently from the couple first planned. Told in Malick’s dreamy non-linear style with little dialogue and a lot of whispered voice-over, the film won’t be for those looking for mainstream fare, but in that I offer a challenge: Watch the bonus features first.

While there are only a handful of brief featurettes on the film - most of which include the same interview snippets - they do explain a lot about the nature and style of the film. Seeing what the filmmakers were trying to do gives a different sort of appreciation for the film when you finally watch it. Knowing, as Affleck says, that he saw the film as a memory of a relationship goes a long way toward describing Malick’s work.

While there are times it can test your patience and it depicts sort of a sad love affair, there is a lot of beauty in this film (especially on Blu-ray) and it’s worth checking out for curious movie-lovers.

Special Features:

  • "The Making of ’To the Wonder’" - the most comprehensive at just over ten minutes, it’s interesting to note that you never see director Malick in any of the featurettes. But it offers good background information that will affect how you experience the film.

  • "The Actors’ Experience" - describes the unusual way of working on a Malick film (no script, random takes).

  • "The Ballet" - looks at how the camera-people went about capturing authentic moments in a swift way.

  • "Local Flavor" - shows how Bardem’s character of a priest sat with the locals they used in the film who opened up to him about their lives and hardships.
    Theatrical Trailer

    "To the Wonder"
    Blu-ray
    $29.98
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  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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