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To the Wonder12A

Dates Showing:
Monday 25 February – Thursday 7 March
Show Times:
times vary [ see showings ]
Written and directed by Terrence Malick, To the Wonder tells the story of Marina (Olga Kurylenko) and Neil (Ben Affleck), who meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together, where problems soon arise. While Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Javier Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, Neil renews a relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Jane (Rachel McAdams). Bold and lyrical, the film is a moving, gorgeously shot exploration of love in its many forms.
Director:
Terrence Malick
Cast:
Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem
Year:
2012
Running Time:
1h 52m
Country:
USA
Language:
English

Comments (2)

  • 06 March 2013, 22:53
    pabs

    Visually stunning, as always from Malick, but frustratingly uninvolving. Ben Affleck wasn't helped by an almost complete absence of dialogue, but his performance was so wooden that I found it impossible to believe in, or care about, the couple who were central to the very threadbare story. Why his gorgeous and vivacious French wife would decide that, bored with Paris, she would up sticks and move to Dullsville, USA to be with Mr 2D was beyond me. Worth seeing for the cinematography but, unfortunately, not much else.

  • 11 March 2013, 13:39
    Moira B

    I definitely agree with pabs' comment that the protagonists in 'To the Wonder' were indeed uninvolving; I would go further and say that they were dysfunctional and, certainly in the case of Marina, suffering from what appeared to be clinical depression! Malick's world view borders on the nihilistic, none of his characters meeting with any lasting fulfilment - Ben Affleck's character would have done better to have stayed with Jane, his so-called childhood sweetheart, who had survived a broken relationship and death of her child, I think - cheery stuff. Why he took up again with the annoyingly childlike / fey / completely pointless Marina is anyone's guess: guilt? masochism? It was plain as day that they would destroy each other. Btw: did Marina commit suicide? That was all I could make of the ending. In fact if I had realised that Malick had also directed Badlands and Days of Heaven, films I saw years back, I would have probably avoided this film, as the previous two films were also permeated by a similar nihilistic outlook: a very bleak view of the human condition, overall, no matter how beautifully shot.

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