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 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.
April 12, 2013.
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
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.
The mixed reviews have me worried.
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.