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To the Wonder (2013)

To the Wonder is Terrence Malick’s next film. It tells the story of a single mother in Paris who meets an American, falls in love, and they move to Oklahoma. When they get there they realize their marriage may have problems, and the American rekindles a relationship with an old flame.

The film has already played for some festivals, and it’s getting a mixed reaction, with some really enjoying the film’s beauty, while other say it has no structure. There were a lot of similar complaints for Tree of Life.

To the Wonder

To the Wonder comes from writer/director Terrence Malick, who made The Thin Red Line and The Old World, as well as the recent hit Tree of Life.


To the Wonder Trailer

To the Wonder Release Date

April 12, 2013.

Who’s In It?

 Rachel McAdams … Jane
  Olga Kurylenko … Marina
  Ben Affleck … Neil
  Javier Bardem … Father Quintana
  Charles Baker … Charles
  Romina Mondello … Anna
  Darryl Cox … Neighbor #3
  Cassidee Vandalia … Bride
  Gregg Elliott … Parish Council President
  Jeff Anderson … Brad
  Tatiana Chiline … Tatiana
  Russ Vaclaw … Judge
  Paris Always … Classmate #1
  Tony O’Gans … Sexton
  Casey Williams … Neighbor #1
  Tamar Baruch … Stepmother
  William Riddle … Landlord
  Bruce Peabody … Lawyer
  Russell Vaclaw … Justice of the Peace
  Darren Patnode … DEQ Investigator
  Jamie Conner … Teenage Girl with Baby
  Lois Boston … Lois

What’s Good About It?

Well, the trailer for To the Wonder is gorgeous. If nothing else, the film should be beautiful to behold. Also, Malick does an incredible job of conjuring emotions.

What’s Bad About It?

The mixed reviews have me worried.

Our Clever Prediction

I think To the Wonder will be a moderate hit, and likely split audiences a lot. Some will hate the lack of narrative flow and structure, but if you get swept up in the emotions on screen it might turn into one of your favorite films.