To the Wonder [Blu-ray]
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In view of that it seems a bit odd that Magnolia pictures offers a synopsis of the `plot' and that should be shared here: `Neil (Ben Affleck) is an American traveling in Europe who meets and falls in love with Marina (Olga Kurylenko), an Ukrainian divorcée who is raising her 10-year-old daughter Tatiana (Tatiana Chiine) in Paris. The lovers travel to Mont St. Michel, the island abbey off the coast of Normandy, basking in the wonder of their newfound romance. Neil makes a commitment to Marina, inviting her to relocate to his native Oklahoma with Tatiana. He takes a job as an environmental inspector and Marina settles into her new life in America with passion and vigor. After a holding pattern, their relationship cools. Marina finds solace in the company of another exile, the Catholic priest Father Quintana (Javier Bardem), who is undergoing a crisis of faith.Read more ›
This is a radical move, to bypass a theatrical release. But this works for this type of film, I believe, because the same-day limited release in theaters generates same-day reviews across the country and could result in great VOD traffic. This could be a new strategy for independent films.
This is only fitting because this is such an intimate, personal film -- or experience -- that to share it in a dark auditorium with total strangers seems to be the antithesis of this film.
I watched it on On Demand in HD and I found it to be, like all of Terrence Malick's films, a deeply internal experience. You're and constantly being pulled in several directions:
1) You're never sure what's going on in a Terrence Malick film; yet you're assured that it's a steady hand that's riding the keel. A Malick film is a journey -- you go with it. It's the same sort of experience or sensation that you have when you're watching a Stanley Kubrick film for the first time. The story and the meaning is never obvious or written out. It's something that seeps into you.
2) I keep using the word "experience" because that's so much of what a Malick film is. He's never followed traditional linear storytelling. He has his own entirely unique voice. And that's what a filmmaker has to have to stand above the rest and be unique. It's more sensory.Read more ›
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"love that loves us. Thank you." this movie was down right gorgeous. For some reason, Javeir Bardems part was extremely well done. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Carlos Harden
Ugh. Pretty but meh. Mostly beautiful women looking lost or spinning around in meadows in flowy dresses. Please.Published 1 month ago by Jenny Isaacs
Gets one star for Paris scenes. This films tries so hard to be artistic but fails. Two beautiful women fall for bland, dull guy who only has his looks going for him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Lopez
I will never get those 2 hours back, and in fact am now dumber for watching this.Published 2 months ago by Michael Montoya
It's interesting that Amazon shows these two movies together: To the Wonder & The Tree of Life. Wonder is an interesting movie you may want to watch once. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael
Beautiful moving film but if there is one more shot of Olga Kurylenko dancing around in circles I'll hang myself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by NikMid