To The Wonder


Terrence Malick's flighty, poetic romance

Tardy maestro Terrence Malick served his sumptuous sixth film a mere 18 months after The Tree Of Life, but our favourite maverick mystery-man exceeds himself in other ways here, too.

Malick’s meditation on faith and love targets new heights of abstraction, but also probes the (autobiographical) subject of a Euro-American romance going south.

The result unfolds in snapshots of half-remembered but deeply felt experience, its flaws (Olga Kurylenko wafting around, Hallmark speak) secondary to the heartfelt tug of its rapturous rhythms and images.

Still no disc interview with Terry, mind: instead, Kurylenko and Ben Affleck amiably espouse Malick’s methods.

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