By Matt Easton, Daily Arts Writer
Published February 28, 2013
“To the Wonder”
"To the Wonder"
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Terrence Malick provokes powerful opinions. Simultaneously, one might be overwhelmed by Malick’s sense of beauty and angered by his incoherence. His films ruminate on grand ideas, chewing the fat, seeking humanity in natural wonder. Sometimes he misses the mark (“Tree of Life” was soporific), but when Malick hits it, the final product is a transformative experience (speaking of Oscar snubs, “The Thin Red Line” anyone?).
“To the Wonder” appears to toe the line between mind-boggling and life-affirming. Glorious lighting suffuses every shot (even Malick haters must admit this aspect of his work is sublime) and, thankfully, there seems to be a strong-ish narrative — something about love, and beautiful people running on beaches and holding hands. Javier Bardem narrates the trailer in a way that makes one think he could replace Morgan Freeman as the best voice in Hollywood (Bardem and penguins, how great would that be?).
You’re either going to hate this movie or love it. Regardless, the trailer evokes some sort of wonder. Hopefully, there’s something behind it all.