To the Wonder
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.
"To the Wonder"