Terrence Malick–Trailers Released for TO THE WONDER

Published On December 26, 2012 | By Mike Carroll | Terrence Malick

Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams in a scene from Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder”

We’ve survived the Mayan end-of-the-world thing. Christmas is over. We’re about to sprial over the Fiscal Cliff. What doom and stress does 2013 have in store for us all? At this point, I honestly don’t care because I have something new to live for —

Two trailers have been officially released in recent days of Terrence Malick’s new film To The Wonder.

With just five released films to his credit — Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World and The Tree of Life —  Terrence Malick has taken on filmmaker status alongside the iconic Stanley Kubrick. Both men were obsessively secretive about their work, did not give interviews, and all of their films achieved status as “classics.”

The trailer has just been released in the U.K. (English language) version and the French version.

Each trailer appeals to a different audience and culture. The French trailer has some different shots and makes me even more curious about this movie.

The Tree of Life was so original and so revelatory that I dare to compare what this film could be. Many people could not appreciate the complexities and metaphysical questions that The Tree of Life posed about life and our place in the Universe. (If you think I’m sounding too intellectual here, then you need to see The Tree of Life and then you’ll be writing like this as well.

From what I’ve read about To The Wonder from its Cannes Film Festival screening, this is a love story about a man (Ben Affleck) who takes his French girlfriend (Olga Kurylenko) home to Texas. Cultures clash. And the man has unresolved emotional issues with a former flame, played by Rachel McAdams. The film also features Javier Bardem as a Catholic priest.

This has all the themes of a great Larry McMurtry (The Last Picture Show, Lonesome Dove) novel. And I say that as a point of high praise.

As I understand, The Tree of Life was originally intended to be released in 2011, but Malick wanted to edit it some more. During the editing period, Malick took a couple months and made this film.

For a man who went for twenty years between pictures, from Days of Heaven in 1978 to The Thin Red Line in 1998, he is certainly making up for it. According to IMDB.com, Mallick is already in post-production on no less than three more feature films.

The film looks like it is slated for release in March. If it came out tomorrow it wouldn’t be soon enough for me.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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