The trailer for To The Wonder, Terrence Malick’s third film in seven years (remember, this is the guy who went from 1978 to 1998 before following up Days of Heaven with his third film, The Thin Red Line), is here, and it plays roughly like Malick cinematography porn. All the staples of modern Malick are here: breathless tracking shots of people running through wheat fields, meditative voiceovers on the elusive nature of life, death and love, low shots of actors at knee-level, and characters wrapping themselves in drapes. Indeed, it plays like a loose companion trailer to The Tree of Life’s ad campaign, minus the Big Bang middle act.
Like The Tree of Life, To The Wonder was shot by Emmanuel Lubezki, and stars Ben Affleck as a married man involved in a love triangle with Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko. Also, Javier Bardem is a philosophical priest. And, as with all things Malick, nature itself is front and center as the primary character. Check it out:
Lovely, no? Despite playing almost like a parody of the modern Malick film, it’s still shot through with the awestruck beauty that make the director’s films so distinctive.
To the Wonder hits theaters on April 12, 2013.
What do you think of the trailer?
Source: The Film Stage