Earlier today Terrence Malick’s highly anticipated film To The Wonder’s trailer hit the internet. The film, which stars Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, and Rachel McAdams, was highlighted for being just as obtuse and existentialist as Malick’s last effort Tree of Life. Since its plot was limited in details, early screenings were filled with interest and, for lack of a better word, wonder, as in what Malick’s latest film would whip up.
However, the interest seemed to end as the credits rolled in two different ends of the spectrum. At the time of its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, some critics loved it, and others hated the film. It was reported that at the Venice Film Festival some critics even stood up to boo the director, for his latest endeavor.
Earlier in the screening process, Guy Lodge from HitFix wrote a scathing review about the new Affleck/McAdams vehicle by Malick:
“Stop the presses: There’s been booing at a screening of the new Terrence Malick film. Whether they came from the same small-but-loud faction of supposed journalists who vocally expressed their displeasure at ‘The Tree of Life’ in Cannes last year, or a fresh batch of doubters, such jeers are unusual for films that feature no purported moral transgressions, nor any sheer ineptitude of craft. Rather, Malick is one of the few senior A-list filmmakers who can get razzed in this fashion for being too sincere, too lyrical, too himself.”
In addition to the trailer for To The Wonder, the through line has been released (via Slashfilm), if you can even call it that:
“TO THE WONDER, written and directed by Terrence Malick, is a romantic drama centered on Neil, a man who is torn between two loves: Marina, the European woman who came to United States to be with him, and Jane, the old flame he reconnects with from his hometown. In TO THE WONDER, Malick explores how love and its many phases and seasons – passion, sympathy, obligation, sorrow, indecision – can transform, destroy, and reinvent lives.”
Ben Affleck, who knows a thing or two about telling a captivating story, while promoting Argo at the Telluride Festival had this to say about the film: “It makes ‘Tree of Life’ look like ‘Transformers.’
Well, there you have it. It certainly doesn’t look like the most promising film, if you aren’t into the abstract visuals of Terrence Malick, but if you are maybe it’s something worth checking out. Watch the trailer below and see for yourself.