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To the Wonder (0/10)

by Tony Medley

Runtime 113 minutes.

Not for children.

It is a tale told by an idiot

Full of sound and fury

Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare

While this is a line from Macbeth, written in the 16th Century, Shakespeareís words constitute a concise critique of this film.

Writer director Terrence Malick is the master of bore, and this is his bÍte noire. The man who made a bloodthirsty war movie, The Thin Red Line (1998) into a sleepfest has outdone himself here. Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem, this is a nonsensical, exercise in directorial egotism. While production notes try to explain what itís about, no story unfolds onscreen for the uninitiated.

This is an incoherent jumble of scenes, each of which is totally unrelated to what precedes and what follows. At times it seems like a cinematographer gone mad as each shot seems to be inserted in the movie just because it is a good shot of scenery, or of a star walking along with his or her reflection in a window, or rushing water, or interesting angles. But the scenes mean nothing and have little or no connection with the story, you should pardon the expression, or the characters. And, of course, since this is Terrence Malick, there are innumerable shots of people thinkingÖand thinkingÖand thinkingÖ

Rachel McAdams is listed as a costar, but itís unlikely that she appears on the screen for more than five minutes. Itís mostly a silent film because nobody says much of anything. In fact, I would bet that there are more words in this review than are spoken in the entire two hour film. Characters suddenly appear that youíve never seen before and donít see again. Nothing makes any sense.

Iíve seen a lot of awful movies, mostly in a room full of critics. But this is the first movie Iíve ever seen where the critics were rushing for the doors as soon as the film ended volunteering comments ranging from bad to awful, laughing at the absurdity of it all.

If this is not the worst film ever made, itís certainly one of the most boring.

April 3, 2013

 

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