Tuesday, May 7 2013, 05:42 PM MDT
Movie Review: To the Wonder
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams
Recommended To: Die-hard Terrence Malick fans and art house junkies.
Synopsis: While traveling in Europe Neil (Ben Affleck) falls in love with Marina (Olga Kurylenko), a woman with a 10-year-old daughter. Neil invites Marina to live with him in Oklahoma. Once in America their relationship slowly loses its passion leaving Neil and Marina to look for fulfillment elsewhere.
Review: Terrence Malick is one of my favorite directors. He’s the master of the internal monologue and even when he misses the mark, as he does here, he still has something poignant to say about the human condition. The problem with To the Wonder is that it is all subtext. We’re given access to Marina’s thoughts, but Neil essentially has no voice. Even when he strays towards Jane (Rachel McAdams), an old flame, he’s a muted participant. To The Wonder is an interesting and lovely experiment; it just lacks the weight and resonance of The Thin Red Line or The Tree of Life.
-Ryan Michael Painter