Director: Terrence Malick. Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, Armin Mueller-Stahl. 118 min. Rated R. Drama.
I am a Terrence Malick fan. I love his "poetic cinema"; his constantly-in-motion camera that avoids the tempting closeups of his stars, treating them as real people rather than celebrities. But after Tree of Life and To the Wonder, as the third part of a trilogy, I believe he's gone too far. Two hours of imagery with painstaking editing and an admittedly fitting soundtrack, just to picture the world of a screenwriter who wakes up (literally) by an earthquake to the decadence surrounding him, is 'unfair' to the viewer. Wish Malick could use the same style, to fresher grounds.